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Pupil Premium Plus Grant

Page last updated: 13/04/2022


Pupil Premium Plus a guide for all partners


What is it?


The Pupil Premium plus grant (PP+) , is extra funding provided by central government for publicly funded schools in England. The grant is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities.

The Pupil Premium Plus (PP+) for children in care is an element of that grant, targeted to raise attainment for those specific children. The Virtual School Head Teacher manages and allocates the grant to schools.

Children of statutory school age and those in early years generate the funding.

The PP+ grant is for extra interventions intended to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children. Interventions should be of proven value that leads to accelerated progress.

The amount of Pupil Premium Plus funding that local authorities receive for children in care is calculated by the number of children who were in the care of that authority at any point in the previous financial year.

For 2019- 20, each child in care from reception to year eleven generates £2300 of Pupil Premium Plus. Virtual School Heads can top slice the budget before passing on to schools.

Early Years PP+ is based on how many hours the child attends. Each child from the first full term after age three generates approximately £300 per year.


How does it work for children in the care of Essex County Council?


Under the conditions of grant and government statutory guidance:

The Designated Teacher for children in care at each education setting to ensure:

  • Planned interventions and linked PP+ costs are on the child's Personal Education Plan each term. Children from reception to year eleven, can request costs of up to £700 per child per term, according to need.
  • The Virtual School top slices 20% of the grant.
  • The Virtual School use the 20% top slice to fund interventions and projects organised by the Virtual School.
  • The Virtual School also use the 20% top slice to respond to extra requests from schools.
  • The Virtual School review the top slice throughout the year.
  • The Virtual School will update Designated Teachers during the financial year.

The PEP and Virtual School Operational Lead, will review all requests. There may be a need for further discussion between the Virtual School team and school staff. Once agreed by the Virtual School, payments to schools and academies are processed.


Young people in registered alternative provision, with places commissioned either by schools or by Essex County Council, the process as above is the same.

Pupil Premium Plus VS Policy


For children in care who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), in mainstream or non-mainstream settings.


Designated Teachers can make requests for PP+ for children with an EHCP. 

Educational needs as identified in the plan cannot be funded through PP+.

The designated teacher is responsible to ensure:

  • The targets and requests set on the PEP are not duplicated.


Independent Schools


Essex County Council does not currently provide the PP+ to Independent schools. If you would like to request funding please contact the Virtual School -


Early Years

Early Years settings must complete PEPs each term. Any PP+ requests must be on the PEP, identifying suitable interventions. Up to£100 per term, depending on the number of hours attending.


Myth busting and important information


Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium Plus is not a personal budget for individual children. There has been considerable misunderstanding about this since the introduction of the grant.

The PP+ grant is not a source of funding to replace the educational provision to which every young person is entitled to.


IT hardware items such as laptops are not interventions in themselves

  • Foster carers and children's homes must provide suitable IT equipment and access to the internet so that children can study at home.
  • The Virtual School will consider requests from Designated Teachers under special circumstances.


  • Pupil Premium Plus grant is not for holidays.
  • Schools can request a contribution towards the cost of :
  • Trips and activities that enhance the curriculum and raise attainment.
  • Recreational activities that improve social and emotional health. 

For these , the Virtual School will also consider requests from Designated Teachers. Note that schools may not charge for any activity which is essential to the curriculum.

Any requests are subject to approval by the Virtual School Head Teacher. 


Previously looked after children


Children who leave care and move to an adoption order, a special guardianship order or a child arrangement order.

Pupil Premium Plus funding for Previously looked after children.

  •  Funding goes direct to the school and is not managed by the Virtual School Head Teacher.
  • School staff must identify these children in the January census. Funding will be a part of the total sum of Pupil Premium Grant funding that the school receives. Schools will receive payment in the immediate financial year following the census.

When a child leaves care and moves to one of these orders during a financial year. 

The school should ensure:

  • The final PEP identifies the change.
  •  Request that Essex Virtual School pass on any remaining PP+ funding. This will ensure that there is no funding break before the next census generates the funding into the school's budget.

There may be cases where children change schools or where schools have already received more than the full year amount. A discussion between the head teachers and the Virtual School Head will be required. This will ensure that appropriate interventions to sustain the plan to raise attainment can continue.



Links to statutory documents and other useful information


Education endowment foundation next steps

Early Years tool kit- Education endowment foundation

Teaching and Learning tool kit- Education Endowment Foundation