?Schoolchildren who have been adopted from care are set to benefit from a funding extension to the tune of £20 million in additional pupil premium money.
This finance is intended to give them all the support they need in education and is expected to help an estimated 10,000 pupils up and down the country.
In practice, the funding is worth so?me??? £1,900 per child and could close the attainment gap, thereby transforming the future life chances for these youngsters.
This comes in response to statistics that indicate adopted children do not perform as well as their classmates at school, with less than half of of this group achieving the expected levels of ability in reading, writing and arithmetic last year. This is compared with 75 per cent of non-adopted schoolchildren.
Only children adopted from care since December 30th 2005 were eligible for this funding up until now.
The national Adoption Register will also be opened up, allowing 29 councils and voluntary adoption agencies to search it from September.
It is hoped this move will make it possible for approved adopters to learn more about the child they are taking on, for instance by detailing more information about the things they enjoy, as well as pictures and clips.
Government adviser on adoption Sir Martin Narey said this will make it possible for potential foster parents to establish whether or not they are likely to establish a chemistry with the child.
Minister for children and families Edward Timpson outlined the educational benefits of the move.
"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," he commented.
"A child's needs don’t change overnight just because they are adopted," the minister continued, adding: "It is vital that these vulnerable children are given the right support they need and the education they deserve."
Posted by Alan Douglas