Pupil Premium Plus
Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) is available to all students of statutory school age who are in the care of the Local Authority; it is ring fenced for spending on named children in care students as part of their Personal Education Plan monitored by Virtual School and the Local Authority.
Pupil Premium Plus for children in care is additional to any other funding that may be received by school. It should be used in a manner which will help to improve the educational outcomes for a student in terms of their attainment, aspiration or participation. It is vital that the student has the chance to have a say in the manner in which the Pupil Premium Plus is spent. Therefore the young persons section of ePEP needs to be completed by the young person prior to the ePEP meeting and referred to during discussions.
The Pupil Premium Plus should be viewed as an investment in the young person's education which, by the time of the ePEP review, will lead to positive outcomes measured via SMART targets.
Pupil Premium Plus must be managed by the Virtual School Head (VSH) and used for the benefit of children in care to support their educational needs as described in their Personal Education Plan.
The Virtual School Head should ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from Pupil Premium Plus funding with the Designated Teacher in the child’s education setting.
When the child first comes into care, the initial Pupil Premium Plus (currently £900) comes into the school budget automatically. The Initial PEP meeting, which needs to take place within 20 school days from the child coming into care (or ten days if it’s an emergency placement), will outline how the funding is to be spent to help the child make progress in their education. Thereafter, whilst the child remains in care, the Virtual School release £900 to the school at the start of the financial year (April) and any spends over £900 and up to £1900 must be applied for through the Virtual School Learning Mentor and with discussions with the Social Worker via the PEP process. No decisions about using the Pupil Premium Plus should be taken outside of the PEP meeting as the Virtual School can reserve the right to refuse payment.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
This is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4year olds. Early Years settings are any organisation offering education for children aged under 5, including Nurseries, Child Minders, Children Centre’s and Playgroups. The Local Authority will withdraw the funding from the provider (other than a maintained school) when Ofsted publish an inspection judgement of ‘Inadequate’.
All children in care qualify for Early Years Pupil Premium if
- they have been in local authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales
it also includes children who have
- been adopted from care in England or Wales
- left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Residence Order in England or Wales
Children must receive 3 & 4 year old funding in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.
Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3.
The EYPP is paid to the provider at three different times of the year. The amount of EYPP is directed by the Government.
All Gloucestershire Children in Care require a Personal Education Plan (PEP) from three years old. If you are a Foster Carer for a Child in Care who is three or four years old who does not have a PEP please contact the child's social worker who will then arrange the PEP meeting.