This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Jatinder Matharu, Education Safeguarding Professional on behalf of the deputy headteacher and Project Lead for ‘Promoting the Education of Children with a Social Worker’, Cherie Sears. This is for the attention of all headteachers, assistant headteachers, business managers, designated teachers, SENCO’s and DSLs.
Schools in England can receive £2345 p.a. for each previously looked after child, but only if their eligibility is declared on the October school census.
The Department of Education defines Previously Looked-After Children as: Children who are no longer looked after by the local authority in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangement Order. (This currently does not include children who have been returned home to parents after being in care by the Local authority.)
The child/young person must have been in care in England and Wales to qualify for Pupil Premium Plus funding. Any child attending school from the start of reception to the end of Year 11 (summer term) is eligible to receive PP+. Children who are electively home educated or are post-16 students are currently not eligible for post-LAC PP+. The Pupil Premium grant per PLAC Pupil for 2021/22 is £2345.
If you have any queries please email Cherie.Sears@sloughchildrenfirst.co.uk or alternatively you can call 07710 153662.