Pupil Premium Plus
What is PPG+?
PPG+ funding is allocated to previously looked after children (PLAC). The Department of Education defines previously looked-after children as:
Children who are no longer looked after by the local authority in England and Wales because they are the subject of an adoption, special guardianship or child arrangement order. (This currently does not include children who have been returned home to parents after being in care by the Local authority.) The child/young person must have been in care in England and Wales to qualify for Pupil Premium Plus funding.
Any child attending school from the start of reception to the end of Year 11 (summer term) is eligible to receive PP+. Children who are electively home educated or are post-16 students are currently not eligible for post-LAC PP+.
How much funding is received?
The Pupil Premium grant per PLAC Pupil for 2020-2021 was £2345.
How can the funding be spent?
Unlike Pupil Premium funding, schools are not expected to spend the PPG+ grants entirely on the individual child.
The DFE states: “The PPG+ is additional funding given to schools to improve the educational and personal outcomes for pupils who have been adopted from care, including (but not limited to) their attainment.
The funding is not ring-fenced and is not for individual children – so the Department would not necessarily expect the school to spend £2345 on every child adopted from care on roll at the school. This is partially because a child may have left the school and new pupils may have joined but also because a school is best placed to determine how the additional funding can be deployed to have the maximum impact. For example, a school may decide to train their staff in recognising and responding to attachment related issues; or that a particular adopted child needs tailored support that is in excess of the £2345 the school has received.”