Pupil Premium for children adopted from care
All children adopted from care are eligible for Pupil Premium worth £1,900 per year.
The Pupil Premium is provided to help raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap with their peers.
Why is the Pupil Premium paid for children adopted from care?
Adopted children's early experiences can have a lasting impact, particularly on their school life. Teachers and schools have a vital role to play in helping these children emotionally, socially and educationally by providing specific support to help raise their attainment and support their wider needs.
How is the Pupil Premium paid?
The Pupil Premium is paid straight to schools.
How schools can claim Pupil Premium
For your child’s school to claim the Pupil Premium, you’ll need to tell them about your child's adoptive status and provide supporting information, for example:
- the original Adoption Court Order
- a letter from the local authority or fostering agency that originally looked after your child
Ask the school to include your child’s adoptive status on their next school census. This will trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium to the school.
Ask for a meeting with the school to talk about how the Pupil Premium funding can be used to support your child’s needs. The school can make the final decision but it’s good to be involved in the decision as adoptive parents.
Don't miss out
Children who have been in local-authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.