Pupil Premium Plus Arrangements 2020-21

Thank you to all schools that sent feedback about the revised arrangements for distribution of Pupil Premium Plus for Northumberland looked after children for the financial year 2020-21.  Attached here is the confirmed policy.

The DfE has now confirmed that from 1st April 2020 the grant for each eligible pupil will be £2345.  Northumberland Virtual School will retain £850 of each grant centrally to fund:

  • dedicated educational psychology, with increased capacity from September 2020
  • dedicated careers’ guidance from 14+ to age 25 when appropriate
  • a SEND officer for looked after children
  • Virtual School teachers to support with interventions to accelerate progress and provide 1 to 1 tuition
  • continued investment in Thrive attachment training
  • sustained staffing levels
  • crisis support for individual children
  • additional funding for individual pupils on a needs-assessed basis
  • technology equipment, including laptops, to support the learning of all looked after children.

Northumberland’s Pupil Premium Plus Policy will be approved by the MALAP (Multi-agency looked after partnership) which has Terms of Reference as the governing body of the Virtual School and is accountable to the Council’s Safeguarding and Corporate Parenting Advisory Group.

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