Pupil Premium Plus gives £1,900 for children in care

A new Pupil Premium Plus will see schools given an extra £1,900 for every one of their students who is living in care.

Currently, the Pupil Premium is worth £900 per eligible student and under current criteria only children who have been in care for more than six months are funded.

However, from April 2014, children in care will receive £1,000 more in Pupil Premium funding and they will be covered as soon as they enter care.

The Department for Education (DfE) hopes the move will help to close the attainment gap, which is even more stark for children in care. In 2012, 15 per cent of children in care achieved five A* to C GCSEs or equivalent, including English and maths, compared with 58 per cent of non-looked-after children.

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