Adoption UK Celebrates Campaigning Victory - Pupil Premium Extended to Older Adopted Children
The Department for Education today announced that the Pupil Premium initiative is to be extended to all children adopted from care in England. This move abolishes the cut-off date which meant that only children adopted since 2005 could access extra funding in school. An estimated 15,000 older children were due to miss out on support next academic year due to of the arbitrary cut-off date.
Our research found that for nearly two thirds (64 per cent) of adopted children the teenage years are or were the most difficult in school. With your support we campaigned for the removal of the cut-off date and we welcome this important extension today.
To find out more about the extension including how to register your child for support click here.
Hugh Thornbery, Chief Executive of Adoption UK said:
"We are delighted at today's announcement. An adopted child's early life experience has a lasting impact, which is not overcome by adoption alone. The right support can be transformative for adoptive families and we are very pleased to hear that from next academic year the Pupil Premium scheme will also be available to older adopted children.
We congratulated the Government when it introduced the Pupil Premium for adopted children but pointed out that equity did not exist for those adopted before December 2005. We have been working hard on behalf of our members and supporters to change what was an unfair cut-off date disadvantaging those older adopted children who often need the most support. We know from our membership that the teenage years can be particularly problematic and when supported is needed most. These changes are a massive step in the right direction and we know they will be welcomed by our membership."