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Learn which pupils are eligible for looked-after children (LAC) pupil premium funding, how this funding is allocated, and how the spending is managed by a virtual school head (VSH).

Who is eligible

A child is legally defined as 'looked after' if they are:

  • Provided with accommodation by the local authority (LA) for a continuous period of more than 24 hours
  • Subject to a care order (to be placed in the care of the LA)
  • Subject to a placement order (to be placed for adoption)

See this DfE guidance.

How allocations are calculated for 2021-22

Allocations for looked-after children for the 2021-22 financial year will be:

  • Provisionally based on the March 2020 children looked-after data return
  • Confirmed based on the March 2021 children looked-after data return

This is outlined in the conditions of grant for 2021-22.

How the spending is managed

Decisions are made by the virtual school head (VSH)

The VSH must use the funding without delay for the benefit of looked-after children's educational needs as described in their personal

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