Pupil premium grant: previously looked-after children

Previously looked-after children are entitled to £2,410 a year in pupil premium funding, known as 'pupil premium plus'. Find out who is eligible, how to prove eligibility, and how this funding can be spent.

Last reviewed on 28 April 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Who's eligible?
  2. How to prove eligibility
  3. Management of spending

Who's eligible?

Your school will receive £2,410 for each pupil in reception to year 11 who is recorded on the October 2021 census as no longer looked after by a local authority (LA) in England and Wales because of:

  • Adoption
  • A special guardianship order
  • A child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)

These pupils are referred to as previously looked-after children (post-LAC). The funding (together with funding for looked-after children) is referred to as 'pupil premium plus' funding.

In pupil referral units, eligibility is based on the January 2022 census. 

This is set out in the 2022-23 pupil premium conditions of grant.

Some adopted pupils may not count

Immediately prior to adoption were being looked after in parts of the UK that aren't England or Wales – the pupil premium grant only applies to these countries Have been adopted