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Pupil premium plus (PP+)

Pupil Premium Plus provides additional funding for education settings to support the progress and educational attainment of children in care.

The funding is provided by the Department of Education and the Virtual School devolves it to education settings.

All children in care to West Northamptonshire Council enrolled in school from reception to year 11 are eligible.

Conditions of PP+ funding

If a school completes an adequate termly Personal Education Plan (PEP) for the child the Virtual School will devolve the PP+ payment for the next term.

The Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) is grant funding from the DfE to raise the achievement of looked after children and to close the gap with their peers.

For the financial year 2024 to 2025 the Virtual School will receive £2,570 of PP+ funding for eligible pupils from Year R to 11 who are looked after by North and West Northamptonshire Local Authorities.

The current conditions of grant are set out in the Department for Education guidance.

Please note that these arrangements are for children who are looked after by North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council, wherever they are living. Other arrangements will apply to children looked after by other local authorities, even if they are attending Northamptonshire education settings.


ESFA will allocate to local authorities in June 2024 a provisional amount of £2,570 per child looked after for at least one day, as recorded in the March 2023 children looked-after data return (SSDA903), and aged 4 to 15 on 31 August 2022.

ESFA will update and finalise this allocation in December 2024 based on the number of children looked after for at least one day during the year ending March 2024, as recorded in the March 2024 children looked-after data return (SSDA903), and aged 4 to 15 on 31 August 2023.

Virtual School Head

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires all Local Authorities to have a Virtual School Head (VSH) who has the responsibility of ensuring the local authority’s duty to promote the education achievement of looked after children is discharged.

VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for the children they look after and for allocating it to education settings.

VSHs, working with education settings, should implement PP+ arrangements for all looked-after children, in need of support for whom the authority is responsible, in accordance with the latest conditions of grant published by the department and any supplementary departmental advice it issues. VSHs have considerable flexibility in the use of PP+ funding to maximise its impact for individual looked-after children as well as the looked-after cohort.

2024 to 2025 financial year

As per the previous year, The Northamptonshire Virtual School will divide the total amount of £2,570 into three instalments.

  • £850 in the summer term
  • £860 in the autumn term
  • £860 in the spring term

The termly instalment will be devolved automatically to education settings upon completion of a Personal Education Plan (PEP) in the previous term. The Virtual School will withhold PP+ funding from education settings whose plans are quality assured as ‘inadequate’ unless there are exceptional circumstances. The PEP document will need to provide a comprehensive plan of how the funding will be spent and must be linked to clear SMART targets. 

If a child is new to care and a PEP is completed in the term they enter care, the PP+ monies for that term will be devolved to schools.

The Virtual School automatically transfers the full amount of PP+ funding to education settings. This is given in termly instalments and the Virtual School devolves £2,570 annually per eligible child.

TermValue of PP+ payment
Summer 2024£850
Autumn 2024£860
Spring 2025£860

How to best use PP+ funding

PP+ funding should be used to promote the education (in the widest sense) of the child.

You may wish to consider expenditure which addresses:

  • academic achievement and progress
  • social, emotional and mental health
  • wider achievement, perhaps in an area where the child is talented
  • transition to the next Key Stage
  • transition to a new education setting
  • extra-curricular activities

PP+ for previously looked-after children

Schools also receive PP+ funding for each eligible previously looked-after child on their roll. They are eligible if they were in care to an English or Welsh local authority and then left care because one of the following applied.

They were:

  • adopted
  • subject to a special guardianship order (SGO)
  • subject to a child arrangements order

Schools should record any eligible previously looked-after children on the October census to receive funding from central Government in the following April. The Virtual School has no role in the distribution of PP+ funding for previously looked-after children.

The funding is not a personal budget and should be spent for the benefit of the previously looked-after cohort. Schools should encourage parents and guardians to participate in discussions about how PP+ funding can support their child.

Children who were adopted from state care elsewhere in the world are not eligible for PP+ funding.

Children who were in care and returned to birth parents are not eligible for PP+ funding.

Last updated 04 June 2024