There are a number of funding streams for looked after children, however conditions and eligibility do vary. A summary of each is given below;
£396 per pupil, for 2018/19 has been paid through Delegated Funding for all LAC in primary or secondary education in a maintained Surrey school. This is paid annually and also includes funding for children in care to other local authorities placed in Surrey schools, including special schools (as part of SEN top up), but not PRUs. Changes to Delegated Funding as a result of reforms to the 2013-14 Revenue Funding Arrangements will affect the timing of payments for looked after children.
Pupil Premium for LAC funding in 2018-19 financial year is to be funded at £2300 per 'eligible' pupil per annum paid to local authorities to determine distribution. DfE have confirmed Virtual School Headteachers in local authorities are responsible for the distribution and outcomes from the PP LAC funding. An explanation of the changes has been provided by DfE.
"The grant allocation for Looked After Children must be managed by the designated Virtual School Headteacher in the authority that looks after those children to be used for the benefit of the looked after child’s educational needs as described in their Personal Education Plan (PEP). The Virtual School Headteacher should ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss with the child’s education setting – usually with the designated teacher – how the child will benefit from any pupil premium funding. The local authority is not permitted to carry forward funding held centrally into the financial year 2019-2020." Pupil Premium 2018 to 2019 conditions of grant
Along with many other local authorities Surrey considers the principles for the distribution of Pupil Premium set out in our Policy, which is reviewed annually. For 2018-19 the Virtual School will raise the flat rate Basic payment to £1200 for the year to educational establishments for statutory school-age pupils. Payments being made each term in arrears, pro-rata to the number of days in care and the number of days the pupil is in the school each term (once over the initial 20 days by which a Personal Education Plan (PEP) is required to be in place). No Basic payments will be made to specialist and independent provisions, but the flat rate Basic sum will be provided for all eligible pupils in maintained special schools. Payments may be withheld where there is no completed, quality Personal Education Plan in place for the term.
Additional funding is available to schools and colleges for all those in care to Surrey from Reception through to the end of Year 13, to support interventions based on individual needs for 'closing the gap' in attainment. Establishments will be able to apply for this funding through the Personal Education Plan process in liaison with the Virtual School Assistant Headteacher assigned to the individual pupil. Surrey ePEPs have been updated to provide for these changes in distribution and accountability - please ensure you are aware of the process for creating the Surrey PEP and that your Designated Teacher in school is Registered for access.
Those adopted from local authority care, and those who leave local authority care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) and Resident Order (RO) will be eligible for a formerly in care Pupil Premium. However, the parents of those children will need to decide whether they disclose this information to schools or not. Parents who choose to declare this information to schools will need to provide evidence of former Care status to allow schools to identify the pupil on their information management systems. This data will be collected through the January School Census. Funding will then be made available to schools through the same route as PP FSM for the following financial year. A detailed Q&A document is available from DfE.
Surrey Virtual School continues to ensure all funding provided through Pupil Premium LAC is spent to enhance educational outcomes for Surrey's Looked After Children.
Ever 6 FSM (Free School Meals) does not include children currently in care if they were previously eligible for FSM prior to entering care. Those in the care system resident with foster carers, or in residential homes are not eligible as payments made to carers are sufficient to provide all meals for children in their care. DfE produce lists of pupils for whom they are providing annual FSM funding - schools have access to these via the national Key to Success website. Pupils will no longer be eligible for both Pupil Premium LAC and Ever 6 FSM whilst they remain in care.
Catch up Premium of £500 per pupil will be paid to all secondary schools, including specials for each child currently in Year 7 who did not achieve 'as expected' in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. This funding is in addition to all other Premium payments for all pupils (not just those in care). Schools will be expected to use this funding specifically to improve the numeracy and literacy of these Year 7 pupils during the academic year.
Members Bursary – one off rewards for Surrey’s own looked after children to encourage them to achieve their full potential. The bursary will be used to reward a child or young person who has made a special effort and met a target that has been identified, for example, in their Personal Education Plan (PEP) or looked after child review.
- Where a child or young person has met a particularly challenging target
- Where a child or young person has exceeded a target
- Where a child or young person has met a target in difficult circumstances
Post-16 Bursary – £1200 per student paid to schools with Sixth Forms and colleges for those in care. Students do need to self declare to access.
Access to Learning Fund – discretionary payments for students in financial hardship. This funding is available to both colleges and schools with Sixth Forms based on the number of eligible pupils.