Adopted children to benefit from pupil premium


All schoolchildren adopted from care are to benefit from £20 million of additional pupil premium money to get the support they need to thrive at school - helping around an extra 10,000 pupils.

The extension of the funding, worth £1,900 per pupil, will help to close the attainment gap and transform pupil’s future life chances across England. Previously, only children adopted from care since 30 December 2005 were eligible.

Research shows children adopted from care do not perform as well as their classmates at school. In 2013, less than half of adopted children reached the expected levels of reading, writing and maths at key stage 2, compared with 75% of non-adopted children.

The government has also announced that 29 councils and voluntary adoption agencies are being given the green light to allow people approved to adopt to search the national Adoption Register from this September.

Opening up the register is designed to ensure that children are placed more quickly with families who can give them the stability and security.

Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson, said: "Extending the pupil premium to all children adopted will mean they get support they need from day one at school, no matter what their starting point in life.

“Opening up the Adoption Register, allowing parents approved to adopt to see videos and pictures, to hear the children speak and laugh - while keeping in place the strictest safeguards - will give them a greater role in the process and ensure more children are placed with their new family much more quickly.”

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