What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities achieve higher attainment levels and to close the gap between them and their peers.
The funding for pupils who are looked after by a local authority, is managed by the Virtual School Head Teacher of the local authority that looks after the pupil and is not paid directly to schools.
Different local authorities administer and manage the payments of the funding to schools of their looked after children in different ways.
Please see the Gov.UK website for up to date guidance regarding Pupil Premium.
PPP is available to all children of statutory school age who are in the care of the local authority. The funding is released to Virtual School headteachers to allocate effectively to schools where the local authorities looked after children are attending.
PPP is additional to the funds a school would normally receive for any child attending their setting. The funding should be ‘ring fenced’ for the individual child and used to help bridge gaps, improve participation, raise attainment and achievement, to improve educational outcomes in addition to the interventions or support a school would normally put in place for any child.
Please see government guidance, section 10.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
Children between the ages of 3 and 4 attending early years settings are eligible for EYPP. A child qualifies for this funding, if they have been in local authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales.
If the child is attending an early year setting in the county of Staffordshire, the setting will receive payments directly from the government. However, as part of the personal education plan process the Virtual School would expect providers and social care, to identify in the targets section, how the EYPP will be used to benefit the child’s educational attainment or development needs.
Children attending an out of county early years setting
If a child is looked after by Staffordshire but attending an out of county early years setting, the setting will not automatically receive the EYPP.
To claim the funds a personal education plan meeting needs to firstly take place, smart targets should be identified and typed into the targets section of the PEP, identifying how the EYPP will be used to benefit the child’s attainment/ educational development.
The setting will then need to send an invoice directly to the Virtual School for payment to be made:
Early Years settings can currently claim £300 per academic year per looked after child only.
Statutory School aged PPP
Local authorities and Virtual School headteachers within those authorities manage the administration and distribution of Pupil Premium funding received for looked after children, in different ways.
All children are eligible for Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) to be released to their schools by the Virtual School, if they have been in local authority care for 24 hours. PPP should be used to benefit the child’s educational needs as described in a personal education plan.
For Staffordshire looked after children, Pupil Premium Plus is only released to schools on completion of the child’s PEP and when a funded smart target is added to their e-PEP account, including a cost breakdown of how the funds will be used for the child. Only when the target is approved by the Virtual School will the funding be processed and released to schools. Designated teacher training is available, and advice and guidance can be sort by contacting the virtual school.
We currently release £1500 per year, per child, split into £500 payments over the three academic terms.
The Virtual School retain remaining PPP centrally. Requests can be made for additional funding, where it may benefit a child in care whose needs may require short term additional interventions to plug greater learning gaps. The funding held centrally is also used towards Virtual School projects and initiatives to raise attainment and achievement of targeted groups of children and young people.
As per the statutory guidance, the Virtual School headteacher can pass on less than or more than the full amount of PPP, allocated by the government, to schools based on an individual child’s needs.
Some PPP is held back centrally, which allows funding to be available for those children whose needs are greater or require one off intensive interventions, to improve their attainment and achievement.
Once all the £500 PPP has been allocated and identified through the targets section of the PEP, additional funding requests can be made.
For those wishing to enquire about accessing more funds, contact with the relevant district co-ordinator should first take place. Please see our contacts page for contact details.
Once the proposed intervention and costing has been discussed, a smart target can be added to the e-PEP account under ‘additional funding’ for Virtual School approval.
Pupil Premium for previously looked after children
Pupil Premium Plus is also allocated by the government for previously looked after children. Parents or carers should inform schools of their child’s previously looked after status such as:
- ceased to be looked after child due to adoption
- special guardianship order
- child arrangements order
This is for schools to identify the children in their January census with their correct status to trigger the release of funds. Unlike for looked after children the funding is released directly to schools not through the Virtual School.
Children who have been previously looked after may have gaps in their learning or barriers to their ability to learn from their emotional wellbeing based on previous experiences. The funding is not ‘ring fenced’ for the individual child as a personal budget at this time, but schools should look to allocate the funds to be spent on their previously looked after children cohort. It is still good practice for schools and parents to collaborate when considering how the funds may be best spent to benefit the children.
The Virtual School can offer advice and guidance around the education of previously looked after children.
Please see the government guidance for more information.