Harpur Hill Primary School & Nursery

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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium – what is it?

The Pupil Premium is additional government funding to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.  Funding is generated by the number of pupils who have been registered for free school meals during the previous 6 years, children who are Looked After and service children. The Pupil Premium is targeted at improving the provision for these pupils. 

Please click on the icon below for the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2021-25 detailing use of the pupil premium:

    Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2023 - 2024

What are the benefits?

While we realise that not all the pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium actually wish to have free school meals, we would be grateful if you would support the school by letting us know if your child is eligible, so that we can get as much funding to support our pupils as possible.  

The benefits include:

  • Teaching strategies and approaches to improve children’s language, vocabulary and phonics
  • Additional resources to support the teaching of phonics and early reading
  • Additional Teacher or Tutor support in class, small groups, pre-teaching and interventions
  • Teaching Assistant targeted support, for example in phonics, reading, writing or maths
  • Additional interventions using a collaborative approach, improving language, communication, social and emotional skills e.g. Time to Talk, Nurture, Lego therapy
  • Strategies to improve attendance 
  • Curriculum enrichment and arts participation opportunities to build confidence, resilience and cultural capital
  • Family Support Worker to support children and families and improve attendance, 

Please note that when your child is in the infants (Reception to Year 2) they are automatically entitled to a free school meal each day as part of the Government Universal Free School Meal initiative. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to register for free school meals, in which case the school will benefit from the Pupil Premium grant to support learning.  

We strongly encourage all eligible parents/carers to apply where appropriate. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed. Any children who are entitled to free schools meals, whether they take them up or not, means that our school receives extra funding to help support their needs. 

We realise that information of this nature is very sensitive and we can assure you that all such information will be treated in the strictest confidence. 

What is Early Years Pupil Premium?

Early Years Pupil premium is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education that is provided. It is targeted at children between the ages of three and four. For every eligible child that is registered to receive Early Years Pupil Premium, the early years setting receives a small amount of additional funding each year. 

How do I know if I am eligible for Pupil Premium?

Registering a child for school meals is quick and easy, and will make a big difference to the child and the school.  To check eligibility for Pupil Premium, please click on the link below:



You can register for Free School Meals on the website above or by calling the Free School Meals Department at 01629 536 481. 

If you’d like help or more information please contact the school office on 01298 23261.