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Pupil Premium for Looked After Children

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The Pupil Premium is a payment made by the government to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. 

Download the Virtual School's Pupil Premium Guidance (pdf) for 2015-16. The appendices for this document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

The following is a brief summary of the Guidance:

  • For the financial year of 2015-16 the Local Authority will received £1900 for each eligible looked after child

  • All looked after Children aged 5-16, who are in full time education are eligible to receive support funded by the Pupil Premium as soon as they become looked after.

  • The Dudley MBC Virtual school Head Teacher has discretion about how the Pupil Premium is used for all Dudley looked after children.

  • Most of the funding received by the Local Authority will be distributed to schools as they are usually best placed to decide on the interventions and support that will work for the children on their roll.

  • The  Virtual School will send schools £500 per term for each child looked after by Dudley MBC on their roll.

  • The Virtual School will withhold a proportion of the funds to enable them to target children who need additional support.

  • If a child becomes eligible during the year their school their school will receive a pro rata proportion of the Pupil Premium.

  • If a pupil moves school during the year both schools will receive a proportion of the Pupil Premium.

  • Children educated in Dudley, but looked after by another local authority, have their Pupil Premium paid through the authority that looks after them (not Dudley).  Each authority is likely to have a different system of distributing the Pupil Premium.

The Virtual School monitors the use of the Pupil Premium via the PEP and provides guidance and advice on how it can be spent. Written guidance can be accessed from the links at the bottom of this page.

See examples of how the Pupil Premium has been used in the past to raise the attainment of children looked after by Dudley MBC.

Contact the Virtual School for further information on how the Pupil Premium is paid in Dudley and how it can be used.