From the financial year 2014 to 2015,
virtual school heads (VSHs) are responsible for managing pupil premium plus funding for the children they look after and for allocating it to schools and
The DfE allocate £1,900 for each child looked after who is looked after for at least one day as recorded in the children looked-after data return.
For Bradford Looked After Children:
75% (£1400) is paid to schools to ensure PEP targets are funded at individual pupil level
25% (£500) is retained by the VS in order to:
- Raise the quality of targets in PEPs to maximise the impact of the devolved 75%
- Provide rapid response intervention and support in cases where there is no obvious funding stream to meet the child’s needs. This includes hands-on support and engagement with carers
- Lead training on education topics that benefit looked after pupils
- Support and lead, if necessary, at PEP, SEN and LAC review meetings and at the first PEP meeting for children entering care in order to boost the impact of target setting
- Facilitate the dissemination of best practice across the District by schools and social workers
- In partnership with other agencies, support attendance, behaviour, English and Mathematics initiatives for looked after children
- Promote staff training in such things as attachment disorder, FASD, SEN processes and transition plans
- Ensure the needs of out of local authority pupils are being met to a similar standard to those within Bradford through partnership, support and intervention
Retained Pupil Premium Plus (PPP) allocation to schools
The retained £500 per looked after child, funds two full-time Virtual School teachers and one part-time teacher. Teaching colleagues support, advise and challenge in order to maximise the impact of devolved and retained PPP funds on progress and achievement,
Retained PPP also funds the work of Associates of the VS, who work, as and when required to support looked after children.
Additional retained funds will be allocated back to schools under the following headings:
New into care pupils
Additional funding for new into care pupils to meet immediate needs prior to receiving the first PPP instalment
Short-term in care pupils
Taking into account the length of time in care, as well as other factors, the VS will fund PEP targets to support the educational achievement of looked after child on short-term education placements
Low incidence/ high need pupils
Schools may apply for additional funding to ensure children’s targets are met
Pupils leaving care
The VS will consider targets for up to fourteen months prior to receipt of the post LAC adopted from care/ SGO premium, those leaving care to return to their families and young people transitioning to the post 16 bursary
Further information about Pupil Premium Plus can be found in the Pupil Premium Plus Conditions of Grant:
Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015, VSHs are also responsible for managing the
early years pupil premium (EYPP). They are in charge of giving the premium to the early years providers that educate looked-after children (children in local-authority care) who are taking up the
free early education entitlement for 3- or 4-year-olds.
Early years providers are any organisation that offers education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.
The VS has made arrangements for allocating the EYPP funding to looked-after children at a rate of 53p per hour per pupil.
It is the VS responsibility to identify the cohort and ensure the correct provisions receive the funding.
The VS’s intention is to evaluate, over time, EYPP funding and its impact on looked after children.
Further information about Early Years Pupil Premium can be found at:
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund was introduced in the 2011 to 2012 academic year. It is money the government has given to local authorities, schools, colleges and other education and training providers (institutions) to give to disadvantaged students. Its purpose
is to provide financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation, so they can remain in education.
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
- a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups. This includes children in care or care leavers
- discretionary bursaries that institutions award to meet individual needs. For example, transport, meals, books and equipment
Education institutions are responsible for managing both types of bursary. Students who want to apply for support from the bursary fund should contact their chosen institution as soon as possible to make an application. There should also be information about
applying for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund on institution websites.
Further information about the bursary fund can be found at: