Pupil Premium Plus

Extra support in school- new funding for adopted children.

From April 2014, schools in England can receive additional funding through the Pupil Premium Plus for children adopted from care.

To enable schools to claim the Pupil Premium Plus, parents or guardians will need to inform the child’s school that they are eligible.

For schools to qualify for funding next year parents and guardians need to self-declare before 16 January 2014.

Further detail on who is eligible and how to self-declare can be found here.

We will share more information on the initiative as we receive it.

Why adopted children need extra support at school

Adopted children will have experienced loss and many of them will have had traumatic experiences in their early lives; 70% of those adopted in 2009-10 entered care due to abuse or neglect. Their needs do not change overnight and they do not stop being vulnerable just because they are in a loving home. Their experiences in early life can have a lasting impact which can affect the child many years after adoption. 

Teachers and schools therefore have a vital role to play in helping these children emotionally, socially and educationally by providing specific support, to raise their attainment and address their wider needs. Schools will receive a Pupil Premium of £1,900 per child to provide additional help.

The initiative applies to children adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or that left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after the same date. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium Plus for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.