Schools get extra £20m to help adopted children

The Times is reporting that schools are going to receive a funding boost for pupils who have been adopted from care in a bid to improve their reading and literacy…

Children adopted from care do not perform as well as their classmates at school and in 2013, less than half of adopted children reached the expected levels of reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2, compared with 75 per cent of non-adopted children.

The government is giving £20 million of additional pupil premium money to get the support they need to thrive at school which it says will help an extra 10,000 pupils. Previously, only children adopted from care since December 30 2005 were eligible.

The government will also announce 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 September. The pilot will allow approved adopters to learn more about the children who are waiting for a loving, stable home. They will be able to find out about their hobbies, likes and dislikes, and hear them speak and see them in videos and pictures.

Opening up the register is designed to ensure that children are placed more quickly with families who can give them the stability and security they deserve. Strict safeguards will be put in place to ensure the safety and privacy of children and approved adopters…

 

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