PUPIL PREMIUM PLUS FOr children in care

Pupil Premium Plus is funding to help improve the attainment of children in care and to close the attainment gap between this group and their peers. 

The funding is managed by the Virtual School in the Local Authority that looks after the child and is used without delay for the benefit of the child’s educational needs as described in their Personal Education Plan (PEP).

For further information on Nottingham City Virtual School’s process, please select the relevant information box to the right. 

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Who is eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding ?

Nottingham City children in care of statutory school age (Reception to Year 11).  

Please note: children in care of nursery age come under Early Years Pupil Premium which is administered by the Early Years Team. For further information, contact the Virtual School on 0115 8764694.

How do schools apply for funding on behalf of eligible pupils?

Schools that have a Nottingham City child in care on their roll are required to apply for PPP through completion of an online application each term to cover specific education periods (see funding periods below).

The online application for requesting PPP will be sent to all schools that have a Nottingham City child in care on their roll at the beginning of each period. Schools can also request the link to the online application by contacting the Virtual School. The online form must be completed fully in order for the PPP funding request to be considered.

The Virtual School will not contact individual schools to inform them of applications approved, however, we will make contact with all schools where funding requests have not been approved or where we require further information or clarity in respect to funding requests.

Key principles in approving requests for Pupil Premium Plus

The following principles will be considered in approving requests for PPP funding:
 The online application for funding is completed fully and accurate.
 The funding will be used to benefit the child in care to improve their educational outcomes and experience.
 The funding being requested is aligned to actions and agreements as detailed in the child’s Personal Education Plan (PEP).
 The school will be able to measure and/or evaluate the impact of the intervention funded through PPP on the child’s educational outcomes.

Example interventions that can be funded through Pupil Premium Plus

Pupil Premium Plus is in place to benefit the child in care and must be used to enhance and improve their educational outcomes and experience. The child/young person’s voice and their specific needs are of central importance in considering the use of Pupil Premium Plus funding and should be incorporated in their Personal Education Plan.

There is no one specific intervention that will meet/improve/enhance the educational needs of every child in care; children’s needs vary and can change significantly. What follows, therefore, are example interventions the Nottingham City Virtual School are likely to approve Pupil Premium Plus funding, based on our general understanding of ‘what works’ in improving and enhancing educational outcomes and experience:

 One to one tuition
 Booster sessions
 Nurture groups
 Therapeutic sessions
 Behaviour support
 Extracurricular activity sessions

Circumstances where Pupil Premium Plus will not be provided

PPP will not be provided if it is being used to double fund or replace funding which should already have been allocated to support the child; example circumstances where PPP will not be provided include:

 To fund services that should be provided as part of Special Education Needs (SEN) support or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
 To fund statutory work and/or services
 Where the school’s own funding covers the cost of the intervention.
 To fund activities that are expected to be covered by fostering allowances
 To fund activities/interventions not detailed or aligned to the child’s PEP

Pupil Premium Plus payment process

Once applications for Pupil Premium Plus funding are authorised for payment by the Virtual School Head, the Virtual School’s Pupil Premium Plus Administrator will make payment requests which are made as quickly as possible. 

Some schools may experience a delay in receiving payments if they are not set up as a Supplier on the financial system. Where schools are not set up as a Supplier the Virtual School Pupil Premium Plus Administrator will contact the school for their bank details on letter headed paper and will add them to the financial system so payment can be made.

Schools maintained by Nottingham City Council will receive their Pupil Premium Plus funding by means of a budget adjustment on their School Budget Share Letter.

Academies, independent schools, schools maintained by other authorities and other providers will receive their Pupil Premium Plus funding as a NCC supplier. Once the payment run has been made the school will receive a remittance advice, usually via email, detailing the date the payment was made, the value of the payment and the payment number for use in enquiries.    Children’s details are never included in remittance details.   

The Virtual School will not seek to recoup Pupil Premium Plus funding where a child moves school place during the term.

The Virtual School reserves the right to recoup Pupil Premium Plus funding if there is no evidence the funding is being used to benefit the child in improving their educational outcomes and experience.

Funding periods

Academic Year 2019/20

Funding Period

Application Date

Funds Available

Sep – Dec 2019

October 2019

£800

Jan – March 2020

January 2020

£800

Apr – July 2020

May 2020

£700

How to apply for extra Pupil Premium Plus funding?

There are circumstances when some of our children have needs that require

– intervention/activities that exceed the annual £2,300 Pupil Premium Plus allocation

– specific support and interventions to enable successful transition between schools.

Approval of Additional Funding Requests are paid from available Pupil Premium Plus funds and are subject to the following:

–  the amount available is limited and determined by the number of schools that have made a successful termly application for funding during the current financial year and the amount of funding awarded.

– the appropriateness and relevance of the activity/intervention in meeting the child’s educational needs and improving outcomes.

– evidence that the agreed £2,300 has been utilised and further funding is required to support the educational needs of the child.

The additional funding cannot be used to fund:

– statutory service/interventions

–  interventions that should be provided as part of SEN support or an Education Health and Care Plan

– interventions that are covered by fostering allowances

– interventions that schools own funding should be covering.