Adopted children lag behind peers at GCSE

The TES is reporting that early traumas lead to adopted children faring half as well as their classmates in exams

As thousands of pupils celebrate their GCSE results today, many adopted children will be facing up to grades that are only half as good as their classmates.

Just a third of adopted children passed their English and maths exams last year, compared with 59 per cent of other pupils, according to Department for Education figures.

But, far worse, adopted children are 20 times more likely to be permanently excluded from school and are much more likely to leave full-time education with no qualifications due to early life trauma, according to charity Adoption UK. 

Neglect and abuse in early childhood can have a significant effect on the development, behaviour and relationships of adopted children, even when placed in a stable home, according to the charity.

Adoption UK chief executive Sue Armstrong Brown said: “Those adopted children who get good results today deserve special congratulations. For a significant number of adopted children, just coming to school is an achievement, let alone passing exams.

“These children need even greater recognition, as well as a school environment that fosters social and emotional wellbeing as a precursor to learning, rather than as an alternative.”

The charity, which kicked off its Equal Chance campaign in June, is calling on the government to radically upgrade school support for children who are adopted or in care homes, as well as other vulnerable youngsters.

Adoption UK wants all teachers and teaching assistants to be put through regular training on how best to coach traumatised children, in a bid to end the current “postcode lottery” of schools that have a number of trained specialists on site.

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