Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy

The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2017. PPG provides funding for two policies:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

Rates for eligible pupils

The PPG per pupil for 2017 to 2018 is as follows:

DISADVANTAGED PUPILS PUPIL PREMIUM PER PUPIL
   
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM         £1,320
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £1,900
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order £1,900
SERVICE CHILDREN PUPIL PREMIUM PER PUPIL
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £300

 

Eligibility

Ever 6 FSM

The pupil premium for 2017 to 2018 will include pupils recorded in the January 2017 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) since May 2011, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2017.

CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM CARE OR WHO HAVE LEFT CARE

The pupil premium for 2017 to 2018 will include pupils recorded in the January 2017 school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

EVER 6 SERVICE CHILD

For the purposes of these grant conditions, ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2017 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2012 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2017 school census.

The grant will be allocated as set out below. Where national curriculum year groups do not apply to a pupil, the pupil will attract PPG if aged 4 to 15 as recorded in the January 2017 school census.

Allocations to schools

MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS

For the purposes of these conditions of grant, mainstream school means infant, junior, primary, middle, secondary, high schools, special school and pupil referral units. It does not include general hospital schools or other alternative provision.

DfE will allocate PPG to schools and local authorities (who must allocate for each FTE pupil on the January 2017 school census, at each school they maintain) the following amounts:

  • £1,320 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM full time equivalent (FTE) pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC premium
  • £935 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE in year groups 7 to 11, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC Premium
  • £1,900 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 11
  • £300 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

For pupils recorded aged 5 and over on the school census, PPG will be allocated on the basis of sole and dual main registrations only.

Schools that are academies on 1 April 2017 will receive their PPG directly from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Local authorities should pay PPG to schools due to convert to academy status:

Date of conversion to academy  Proportion of PPG paid by local authority

On or by 1 September 2017         five twelfths of their annual allocation

After 1 September 2017 and on or by 1 January 2018       nine twelfths of their annual allocation

After 1 January 2018       Their full allocation

ESFA will adjust the local authority’s PPG allocation to reflect these conversions and the remaining allocation will be paid directly to the academy by ESFA.

Local authorities must make the grant available to their schools irrespective of any deficit relating to the expenditure of the school’s budget share. PPG is not part of schools’ budget shares and is not part of the individual schools budget. It is not to be counted for the purpose of calculating the minimum funding guarantee.

Terms on which PPG is allocated to schools

The grant may be spent in the following ways:

  • for the purposes of the school, that is for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • on community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year beginning 1 April 2017, some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

Pupil numbers used to calculate PPG

ESFA calculates the allocation using:

  • the number of pupils recorded on the January 2017 school census who are Ever 6 FSM (not eligible for the LAC and post-LAC premium)
  • post-LAC pupils
  • Ever 6 service child FTE pupils aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11

The LAC numbers are updated in December 2017 as set out in below. This means that some schools could see a small reduction in the number of Ever 6 FSM pupils counted for their pupil premium allocation, if the pupil is identified as LAC in the update. In these cases, the schools concerned would see a reduction in their pupil premium allocation.

Looked-after children (LAC)

The Department for Education (DfE) allocates to local authorities a provisional amount of £1,900 per child looked after for at least one day, as recorded in the March 2016 children looked-after data return (SSDA903), and aged 4 to 15 at 31 August 2016.

DfE updates and finalises this allocation in December 2017, based on the number of children looked after for at least one day during the year ending March 2017, as recorded in the March 2017 children looked-after data return (SSDA903), and aged 4 to 15 at 31 August 2016. This update may have an impact on some schools’ allocations as set out above.

Use of the LAC premium

The LAC premium must be managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child and used without delay for the benefit of the looked-after child’s educational needs as described in their personal education plan.

The VSH should ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher or another member of staff in the child’s education setting who best understands their needs. Processes for allocating funds to a child’s education setting should be as simple as possible to avoid delay.

Local authorities may not carry forward funding held centrally into the financial year 2018 to 2019. Centrally held LAC premium that has not been spent, or allocated to the child’s education setting, by 31 March 2018 will be recovered.

 

 

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