ePEP is the virtual school platform for tracking attainment, monitoring attendance and overseeing the allocation of Pupil Premium using ePEP smart targets.
ePEP Pupil Premium Tracker
The LAC premium must be managed by the designated virtual school head (VSH) and used for the benefit of the looked-after child’s educational needs as described in their personal education plan.
The VSH should ensure there are arrangements in place to discuss how the child will benefit from pupil premium funding with the designated teacher in the child’s education setting.
The ePEP Pupil Premium finance tracker holds schools to account with expenditure and individual accountability. Requests for Pupil Premium funding can be made when SMART targets are generated to be discussed at the PEP meeting. Additional funding requests can be applied for directly to the Virtual School for authorisation, linking interventions and individuals to account.
All funding requests are submitted and alerted to the Virtual School when applications are made by schools, collages and service providers involving Pupil Premium expenditure. Funding performance can be monitored across a wide spectrum of different cohorts, year groups, schools, and locations across each authority. The ePEP Virtual School Platorm (VSP) through the Dashboard provides the Virtual School with the tools to measure the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium distribution, highlighting successful interventions and good working practices.
The Virtual School can provided feedback directly to each funding request and can decline unsuccessful applications if necessary. Teachers can also use the ePEP finance tracker to account for Pupil Premium funding which has already been spent, providing the BIG picture for the Virtual School.
Live finance reports can be generated and customised for both schools and the local authority from within the ePEP VS Dashboard enabling teaches to work in partnership with the Virtual School to successful distribute and allocate the Pupil Premium for Looked After Children.
The ePEP Pupil Premium Process
Designated teachers can apply for Pupil Premium funding directly to the Virtual School using the ePEP Pupil Premium Resource (PPR) tracker. Additional funding applications can also be requested electronically and measured against SMART target interventions.
Teacher applies for Pupil Premium
Funding can be directly applied or accounted for against SMART targets to the Virtual School by the Designated Teacher using ePEP.
Virtual Head Approves Expenditure
Once funding has been applied for the Virtual School will be automatically notified from ePEP
to authorise or decline the use of the Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium is Agreed and Allocated
Teachers will be automatically alerted once funding has been approved by the Virtual School. The Pupil Premium allowance is linked to successful interventions.
Useful information about Pupil Premium and the ePEP platform.
How can schools use the pupil premium plus?
The purpose of the pupil premium plus is to narrow the attainment gap between looked after children and their peers. Through their designated teacher, schools should take a rigorous approach to analysing the educational needs of their looked after children, these schools will get the maximum benefit from this resource.
A good starting point for how to use pupil premium would be for a school to commission a review. The Teaching Schools Council with Sir John Dunford, Pupil Premium Champion has developed a review tool that can help. Find a Reviewer >
The DfE has published a list of key stage 2 and key stage 4 schools with excellent results for disadvantaged pupils up to 2014, (Pupil premium schools with good disadvantaged pupil results) which includes pupil premium award winners from 2015. They have encouraged all schools with excellent results to share their achievements, strengths and experience with other schools. You can find information on the 2014 and 2013 winners on the Pupil Premium Awards website. PupilPremiumAwards.co.uk >
We often get asked by schools what can we spend our pupil premium on? This is because in many cases schools are already meeting the needs of disadvantaged children through various interventions.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) part of the Sutton Trust, has produced a toolkit which assesses the available evidence of a raft of interventions. It assess them according to cost, effectiveness and likely impact backed up by research.
Feedback from Virtual Heads suggests they are open to a wide variety of approaches and interventions that would benefit looked after children at an individual level and at a school level, so think out of the box.
For example, an approach such as meta-cognition and self regulation – teaching children specific strategies, to set goals and monitor and evaluate their own educational development, could benefit the whole school if this promoted by all the teachers in school. Pupil premium plus could help fund a training program in school.