Pupil Premium: Children in Care

Department for Education written question – answered at on 21 July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of extending the pupil premium for Looked After and Previously Looked After children (Pupil Premium Plus) beyond Year 11, to include students in post-16 education.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The government is committed to ensuring that looked-after and previously looked-after children are supported to succeed in education and achieve positive outcomes.

The department has recently confirmed a £3 million pilot to test the use of pupil premium plus funding for looked-after children and care leavers in further education. Local authorities can apply now to take part in the pilot and successful sites will be confirmed in September 2021, with the pilot starting in October 2021 and running until March 2022. Findings from the pilot will help inform any future post-16 support developed for looked-after children, care leavers, and previously looked-after children. Further information for local authorities interested in the pilot is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-plus-post-16-pilot-submit-an-expression-of-interest.

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