Isle of Wight Council

Virtual School

Looked After Child (LAC) Pupil Premium

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to support looked after children to raise their achievement and address underlying inequalities.  Educational targets set during a PEP meeting can be supported through this additional funding.
In the academic year 2020/21 the council will receive £2345.00 per school aged Looked After Child.

How the Pupil Premium is paid

This money comes into the Local Authority based on the school census data.  The Virtual School then pay it to any school or setting where a looked after child is on roll and a Personal Education Plan (PEP) is completed and approved.

All schools, both mainstream and non mainstream, within the Isle of Wight will receive the money directly from the Local Authority.

All schools, both mainstream and non mainstream in other Local Authorities will be asked to supply their details so that the payment can be made to the school directly.

Schools will receive three payments annually to allow for any changes in school placements and pro rata payments for any child who becomes looked after during the academic year.

How the money is spent

The Department for Education (DfE) has directed that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  However the criteria state that the funding should support the raising of pupil performance.

Monitoring of how our looked after children benefit from this funding will be through the Personal Education Plan (PEP) targets and meetings.