The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated directly by the Education Funding Authority to Academies and Free Schools and to the local authority to pass onto its maintained schools and non-maintained special schools (NMSS) for children entitled to free school meals, Looked After Children (LAC) and those whose parents are serving in the armed forces (service children) up to year 11.
Looked-after children (LAC) are defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority. For the Robert Ogden School these are the pupils resident at Clayton Croft Children’s Home and Thurnscoe House and Studios.
Local authorities (LAs) may allocate PPG to other alternative provision settings or use the grant to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for the eligible pupils. LAs must consult the non-mainstream settings about how the LA uses PPG to support children educated in non-mainstream settings.
Where children are educated at an Independent School such as Robert Ogden which is classed as an alternative provision setting then the PPG is sent to the local authority of that child not the school. Where the PPG has been allocated because the pupil is a Looked After Child (LAC) the LAC premium must be managed by the local authority’s designated virtual school head (VSH) and used 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 in the child’s education setting.
To date none of the VSHs of LAs who have placed LAC pupils with the school have consulted with the school regarding the use of the LAC premium.
Previously the school had contacted all the local authorities who send children to the school regarding Pupil Premium Grant only 9 authorities replied out of the 19 contacted and explained how they spend the money they received.