Pupil Premium for children in care

Pupil Premium for children in care

Information about Pupil Premium for early years and school-age children in care

The government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to raise educational achievement for children in care.

Early Years 

Children in care aged three and four in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are eligible for Pupil Premium funding from the first day they come into care. Four year olds in Reception are entitled to the main LAC Pupil Premium.

Each three and four year old child in care in the EYFS is entitled to up to £302, depending on the number of hours the child attends the setting.

Information about the Early Years LAC Pupil Premium 2018 to 2019 is available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Operational Guide.

For Bristol children in care the funding is passed to the Early Years Team. 

Carers will want to ask the setting when you attend the PEP meeting how the Pupil Premium funding has been spent for your foster child in care and what impact it has had. Early Years Pupil Premium will be given to mainstream settings, private, voluntary and independent (PVI) or special settings which Bristol looked after children mainly attend, both in Bristol and in other local authorities.

Early Years Pupil Premium money for CiC should be spent on those children in line with needs identified at the PEP.

The Department for Education has information on the Early Years Pupil Premium.

Reception to Year 11 pupils

Children and young people from Reception to Year 11 are eligible for Pupil Premium funding from the first day they come into care. For the financial year 2018 to 2019 the rate per pupil is £2300.

The HOPE gives funding to schools in three payments across the year. This is because our children sometimes move schools.

You can ask the school how LAC Pupil Premium money has been spent when you go to the PEP meeting. Bristol has given Pupil Premium money to mainstream schools, academies or special schools which Bristol looked after children mainly attend, both in Bristol and in other local authorities.

The virtual head teacher is responsible for allocating Pupil Premium money to schools. You can read Bristol's Pupil Premium policy on the Guidance, policies and procedures page.

You can find further information about the Pupil Premium on the Department for Education (DfE) web pages.

Pupil Premium Plus

This is for children adopted from care, or who leave care under a Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order (previously known as a Residence Order).

The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. This funding is paid directly to schools and is £2300 per pupil.