Thousands more children who are adopted from care will benefit from £20 million in new government funding, the Department for Education has announced.
Schools attended by all pupils adopted from foster homes or residential care will now receive the so-called ‘pupil premium’, funding of £1,900 per pupil to provide special support. Children from such backgrounds do not perform as well at school as children living with the birth families.
Last year, less than 50 per cent of adopted children reached key levels of achievement in reading, writing and Mathematics, compared to 75 per cent of children who had not been adopted.
Previously, only pupils who had been adopted from care since 30 December 2005, under the Adoption and Children Act 2002, had been eligible for the funding. Now the schools attended by all such pupils will receive the cash. The Department for Education claims that 10,000 additional pupils will benefit from the support.
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said:
“It is vital that these vulnerable children are given the right support they need and the education they deserve to help them get on in life. 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.”
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