The Pupil Premium and Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) are payments made by the government to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Dudley Council Virtual School Head Teacher has discretion about how the Pupil Premium and EYPP is used for all Dudley children looked after (CLA).
Download the Virtual School's Pupil Premium Guidance (pdf) for 2015-16. Some parts of this guidance have now changed and new Guidance for 2018-19 will be available soon. The appendices for this document can also be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
The following is a brief summary of the Guidance:
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.
For the financial year of 2018-19 the Local Authority will receive £2300 for each eligible looked after child, aged 5-16.
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.
For the financial year 2018-19, the Virtual School will send state maintained schools £550 per term for each Dudley CLA, aged 5-16, on their roll. The payment will be made at the end of every term.
Independent schools will not receive any Pupil Premium automatically.
The Virtual School will withhold a proportion of the funds for 5- 16 year olds, to enable them to target children, in this cohort, who need additional support.
All schools can apply to the Virtual School for additional funding if they are unable to meet a child's needs using their existing resources. Applications are made via ePEP Online.
If a child becomes eligible during the year their school will receive a pro rata proportion of the Pupil Premium for LAC.
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.
CLA who are 3 and 4 years of age and are taking up their free early education entitlement are eligible to receive support funded by the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).
The Local Authority will receive £300 per year for each eligible CLA from the term following their 3rd birthday.
The Virtual School will send Early Years Settings £100 per term for each eligible child on their roll (subject to the setting completing the application form and submitting it to the Virtual school by the date indicated in the Guidance below).
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.