Realising the potential of Children in Care

Pupil Premium Plus

The Department for Education (DfE) will allocate to Local authorities a provisional amount of £2,300 per child in Care (CiC) for at least one day, in accordance with the Conditions of Grant 2018-19. The Virtual School Headteacher is responsible for the use of Pupil Premium Plus to diminish the difference and realise the potential for all Kent children in our care, wherever they live.

The payment of this funding to schools in the 2018/19 financial year will initially be £900 per child in care paid in three £300 termly instalments. Any additional funding will be provided according to the needs of the child and there is no set maximum amount. This can be applied for in consultation with the VSK Assistant Head at any time in the school year. Currently targets can be set on the ePEP System to request additional funding – if more information is required on this please contact your Locality Assistant Head who will be happy to assist.

It is our intention to pay any agreed funding to schools as follows:

  • Installment 1 paid in the June 2017 advance for the period up to 31st August 2018
  • Installment 2 paid in the November 2017 advance for the period up to 31st December 2018
  • Installment 3 paid in the February 2018 advance for the period up to 31st March 2019

If a child who is subject to a VSK agreement leaves your school before the end of term then the payment to your school will stop at the end of the current term/payment period and the funding will follow the pupil at the start of the next term/payment period with a new agreement between VSK and the new school.

VSK Pupil Premium Plus Policy 2018/2019

Pupil Premium 2018 to 2019: Conditions of Grant

Pupil Premium: Virtual School Heads’ Responsibilties

Kent’s Pupil Premium Plus Payment Schedule for Schools 2018/19

Other Local Authority Children in Care

Each Local Authority has its own policy and therefore there will be variations. Kent Schools who have children and young people in care from other Local Authorities on their roll must contact the Headteacher of the relevant Virtual School to request their Pupil Premium Plus policy. The name and contact details of other Virtual School Headteachers can be requested from the Kent Virtual School team.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Virtual School Heads are also responsible for identifying and managing the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) for Kent Children in care. This funding will be given to early years providers that CiC attend. Early Year’s providers are any organisation that offers education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and child minders. The EYPP gives providers additional funding to support children who are three or four years old and are currently in care to a local authority in England or Wales. Once the child enters Reception, they will no longer be eligible for EYPP, but may become eligible for Pupil Premium Plus. Eligibility for EYPP does not lead automatically to eligibility for PP+ when the child starts school.

Early Year Entitlements 2018-19 (See pages 24 to 29)