The Pupil Premium Plus grant for looked after and other vulnerable pupils is £2,300 per-student, but many schools are still uncertain as to how it can be best utilised. Virtual school headteacher Darren Martindale advises

Inclusion is an increasingly hot topic. With permanent exclusions rising, evidence shows that vulnerable students, such as looked after children (LAC) and those with SEND or in receipt of free school meals, are significantly more likely to be excluded.

For example, research last year from the charity Adoption UK found that adopted pupils could be up to 20 times more likely to be excluded. There are plenty of similar statistics for other groups of vulnerable children.

Teachers repeatedly tell me that they are struggling to support a number of pupils with increasingly complex needs, and that more sophisticated approaches are required to support those vulnerable students.

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