Pupil Premium funding for children and young people in care

The UK government provides Pupil Premium funding to give extra support for children and young people in care in England.

There are two types of Pupil Premium funding for children in care:

  • Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
  • Children in Care (CiC) Pupil Premium

Children and young people are eligible for Pupil Premium funding from the first day they come into care.

Sometimes Bristol education settings will have a child in care from Wales. There's a different type of funding for children in care who are looked after by a Welsh authority called the Pupil Development Grant Go to https://gov.wales/pupil-development-grant-guidance (opens new window) (PDG). Talk to the local authority who look after the child to find out about PDG.

Who is responsible for Pupil Premium

The HOPE headteacher is responsible for allocating EYPP and the CiC Pupil Premium for Bristol's children in care.

We give the EYPP to Bristol's Early Years team who make the payments to education settings.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Children who are 3 and 4 and in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can get up to £342 a year. The amount they can get depends on the number of hours they go to their education setting, up to a maximum of 15 hours.

When a child starts Reception they are entitled to the main Children in Care (CiC) Pupil Premium.

Sometimes a child goes to more than one setting. The setting the child mainly attends gets the EYPP, even if the setting is in another local authority.

This includes:

  • mainstream settings
  • private, voluntary and independent settings
  • special settings

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) help and guidance

Practical tips on allocating (EYPP) funding Go to https://www.early-education.org.uk/practical-tips-allocating-early-years-pupil-premium-funding (opens new window) shows eligibility for the funding and guidance on how to allocate and spend it.

The Department for Education has guidance on Early Years funding Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-funding-2020-2021 (opens new window).

Government guidance: local authority funding of providers on the early years pupil premium. Go to https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/853644/Early_years_operational_guide_2020_to_2021.pdf (opens new window)

CiC Pupil Premium

Children in care from Reception to Year 11 are entitled to the CiC Pupil Premium. The current per pupil amount is £2,345. The young person must be at a publicly funded school to get CiC Pupil Premium.

We give funding to schools in two payments across the year because our children sometimes move schools.

If a child goes to more than one setting, the one they mainly attend gets the CiC Pupil Premium, even if the setting is in another local authority.

This includes:

  • mainstream schools
  • academies
  • special schools

We set criteria that schools need to meet before we release the funding. We usually ask for:

  • current progress and exam and test results
  • latest attendance data (if The HOPE doesn't get it automatically)
  • a current Personal Education Plan (PEP) for each young person

The current PEP needs to be judged by The HOPE as good or better.

CiC Pupil Premium help and guidance

How Pupil Premium funding is spent

You'll discuss how the money can be used at each child's Personal Education Plan (PEP) meeting.

It should be spent on things that will help the young person do better in their education. For primary and secondary aged pupils this is likely to include extra maths or English tuition.

pdf CiC Pupil Premium recommendations and guidance (69 KB) .

16 to 19 Bursary Fund

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund Go to https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/eligibility (opens new window) is money for post 16 students. The young person or their education or training provider can use it to pay for things like:

  • clothes, books and other equipment for their course
  • transport and lunch on days they study

The 16 to 19 Bursary is available to young people in care and care leavers aged 16, 17 or 18 at the start of their course. The student must be on a full time course (16 hours per week or more). Different colleges pay the bursary in different ways. The student must meet their education provider's attendance requirements to get the payment.

The young person should apply for the bursary through their education provider. The young person's social worker or The HOPE need to show that the student is in the care of the local authority.

The fund is up to £1,200 per year.

You should discuss how the bursary is spent at the PEP meeting.

Pupil Premium Plus

Pupil Premium Plus is for children and young people who were previously looked after and:

  • were adopted from care
  • left care under a Special Guardianship or Child Arrangements Order, previously known as a Residence Order

The Pupil Premium for 2022 to 2023 includes pupils in the October 2021 school census. The 2023 to 2024 funding will include children in the October 2022 school 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 or Child Arrangements Order

This funding is paid directly to schools and is £2,410 per pupil. The HOPE headteacher is not responsible for Pupil Premium Plus. However, The HOPE have a dedicated advocate who can provide information and advice for previously looked after children.

The young person needs to be at a publicly funded school to get Pupil Premium Plus.

Contact us

Email: thehope@bristol.gov.uk
Call: 0117 903 6282
Write: The HOPE Virtual School (CH), PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS3 9NE

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