What is Pupil Premium Plus?

Pupil premium plus is additional funding paid to a school for looked after and previously looked after children. It is to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential.

Who is it for?

Since April 2014, children in local authority care, children who have been adopted from care and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship Order, Residence Order or Child Arrangements Order attract pupil premium plus funding.

What is the money for?

Pupil premium plus is to help looked after and previously looked after children socially, educationally and emotionally by providing support to raise their attainment and address wider needs.

Pupil premium plus is currently £2,300 per child per year. The money is paid directly to the school, but it isn’t ring fenced and schools do not have to spend the money on an individual child. It is up to the school how they spend the money, although schools should look at the particular needs of a looked after child or previously looked after child. The Department for Education recommends that schools consult with parents and guardians when making a decisions about how the money is spent.

How is funding accessed?

You will need to declare your child’s Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order (previously Residence Order) status to the school before January 2020. You can do this by providing the school with a copy of the legal order or a confirmation letter from the local authority that placed the child.

Remember, pupil premium plus is for looked after or previously looked after children.

For further information about Pupil Premium Plus, please refer to the education page of our website.