Pupil Premium Plus (PP+)
Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) is educational funding available to help close the attainment gap between those children in care, previously in care, and their peers.
Understanding PP+ for children in care
PP+ funding for eligible pupils, who are looked after by a local authority, is managed by the Virtual School Head (VSH) of that local authority and is not paid directly to schools. PP+ for eligible children is released to their school by the Virtual School. Different local authorities administer and manage the payments of the funding to schools of their looked after children in different ways.
PP+ in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire releases £2000 of the allocated £2300 per child, this takes place in the autumn term of the relevant financial year. The Virtual School retains the remaining £300 centrally. This is used towards virtual school projects and initiatives to raise attainment and achievement of targeted groups of children and young people.
PP+ for Nottinghamshire children attending education out of county
Wherever our children attend their education the Nottinghamshire's Virtual School will ensure that eligible pupils will receive PP+.
What is PP+ used for?
PP+ is additional to the funds a school would normally receive for any child attending their setting. For children in care, the funding should be used to help bridge gaps, improve participation, raise attainment and achievement and improve educational outcomes. This funding is in addition to the interventions or support a school would normally put in place for any child. Read the DfE's guidance.
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
Children between the ages of 3 and 4 attending early years settings are eligible for EYPP. A child qualifies for this funding if they have been in local authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales.
If the child is attending an early year setting in Nottinghamshire the setting will receive payments from the local authority. However, as part of the Personal Education Plan (PEP) process the Virtual School would expect providers and social care to identify in the targets section, how the EYPP will be used to benefit the child's educational attainment or development needs. SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time Limited) targets should be added to the PEP identifying how the EYPP will be used to benefit the child's attainment and educational development. Early years settings can currently claim £300 per academic year per looked after child.
Children attending an out of county early years setting
If a child is looked after by Nottinghamshire County Council but attending an out of county early years setting the setting, the setting will receive the EYPP from the local authority were the child's educational setting is situated. PEP's should also be in place for these children which identifies the support PP+ is funding.