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 Virtual School automatically transfers the full amount of PP+ funding to education settings. This is given in termly instalments and the Virtual School devolves £2,530 annually per eligible child.
|Value of PP+ payment
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.
- 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 16 February 2024