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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is available to all students of statutory school age who are in the care of the Local Authority. It is for spending on named looked-after children as part of their Personal Education Plan monitored by Virtual School and the Local council.

Pupil Premium is managed by the Virtual School Head (VSH) and used for the benefit of looked-after children to support their educational needs as described in their Personal Education Plan.

It should be used to improve the educational outcomes for a student in terms of their:

  • Attainment
  • Aspiration
  • Participation

The impact of the use of Pupil Premium will be discussed at the PEP review meeting.

The proposed interventions will be reviewed and amended if required at each PEP.

If a young person moves school during the year the allocated pupil premium will move with them, conversely any new looked after pupils taken on your roll will receive funding as soon as the request form can be completed.


All children and young people attending schools from Year 1 to Year 11 are allocated a set budget from the Virtual school to support and enhance their learning experience; all activities will be organised and managed by the school where the child is on roll. The way in which this extra money is used will be agreed between the school’s Designated Teacher and the Virtual School Officer; it should also include discussion with foster carers and social workers.

The overall requirement is that educational progress can be evidenced from any expenditure. The Virtual school collect previous attainment data which will identify levels that could be achieved; all extra support needs to be mindful of these requirements and set appropriate targets.

The activities are likely to be a combination of direct subject interventions and some that may assist in the development of strategies to support emotional and social wellbeing to enhance learning.

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  1. Direct support for basic school subjects, particularly Maths and English. This area of work underpins progress and is a fundamental requirement to improve educational outcomes. The extra support could include: internal tuition, subject support, after school provision or the use of a learning mentor. 
  2. Support for elements of the school day, e.g. morning meet and greet, social groups, some individual short-term lesson support etc.
  3. Hardware to support education. Foster carers will be able to arrange access to IT for homework or project work but it might be agreed to loan a laptop or tablet if more extensive work is required or if there are several young people in the household requiring IT access.
  4. Residential trip support.  This is likely to be the Year 6 trip and secondary school residential opportunities linked to the young person’s curriculum subjects. Foster carers have some allowance for day trips. 
  5. Textbooks and revision packs required for curriculum subjects.
  6. Alternative provision that will be over and above the general school offer, e.g. Forest school, Equine Assisted Learning or similar. You will need to explain how this activity can indirectly improve educational outcomes.
  7. Music lessons using registered Wiltshire music tutors. From September 2018, all payments should be made via the school, you will be able to claim the subsidy directly.

Some Pupil Premium Grant could be used to enable the child or young person to access specific opportunities to widen their experiences and aspirations. This area could include proposed activities from foster carers; fostering allowance does include funding that could be used for this type of activity but there may be extra opportunities that could directly improve educational outcomes. Agreed funding for such activities will need to come from the individual young person’s set budget

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Last updated: 12 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 12 March 2019