Eligibility criteria

Economic

Families in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit - where your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you receive
  • Child Tax Credit - provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Children leaving care

Children who have left care in England or Wales through:

  • an adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order

Looked after children

Children who are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales. For these children, the funding is paid directly to the Virtual School for Children in Care.