Pupil premium grant: looked-after children

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

Last reviewed on 28 April 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Who is eligible
  2. How allocations are calculated for 2022-23
  3. How the spending is managed

Who is eligible

Under the Children Act 1989, 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)

How allocations are calculated for 2022-23

Allocations for looked-after children for the 2022-23 financial year will be:

  • Provisionally based on the March 2021 children looked-after data return
  • Confirmed based on the March 2022 children looked-after data return

This is outlined in the technical note for 2022-23. 

How the spending is managed

LAs can pool