The pupil premium, introduced in 2011, is additional funding for publicly-funded schools in England. It's designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better and close the gap between them and their peers.
Whilst the majority of this funding is targeted at children from lower income families, it also includes additional funding for looked after children: Pupil Premium Plus.
The conditions for the allocation of this grant are set down by the Department for Education, and stipulate that the funding is managed by the Virtual School Head.
Middlesbrough Virtual School provides a wide range of services to schools to support looked after children, including:
- advice and guidance
- management of the PEP process and associated quality assurance
- exclusion support
- in-class teaching assistant and teacher support
- one to one teaching support
- Designated Teacher, governor, and staff training
To enable the continued provision of these services, the element of the Pupil Premium Plus grant devolved to schools will be reduced from £1350 to £1150 per child from April 2019, and to £1000 from April 2020.
Schools that have more than 10 Middlesbrough looked after children on roll will receive grant funding of £1150 per child in both 2019 and 2020 financial years.
In order to release Pupil Premium, schools will be required to demonstrate how they use the Pupil Premium Plus on the ePEP system.
Useful links and references
- Department for Education: Pupil Premium conditions of grant for 2019 to 2020
- Ofsted: The pupil premium: How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement (2013)
- Education Endowment Foundation: Teaching and learning toolkit
- DfE: Pupil premium and the role of the Virtual School Head (2014-2015)