Not all children have an equal start in life. But all children deserve an equal chance at school. For tens of thousands of adopted children in the UK, the reality of school is a daily struggle for survival. Many are failing academically as a result. We have identified significant gaps in understanding, empathy and resources that are preventing adopted children from having an equal chance to succeed at school.

79% of children we surveyed feel routinely ‘confused and worried at school’. Almost 70% of parents surveyed feel their child’s progress in learning is affected by problems with their emotional wellbeing in school.

This has to change. With your help, it can.

Sign the petition and find out who else has signed: click here

Read the BRIDGING THE GAP report click here

Read the TOP OF THE CLASS report click here



Find the person who represents you in parliament and write to them, tweet them, or go and meet them. 

Don’t forget to ask them to sign the petition! And let us know how you get on: [email protected] 


Did you know your school now has a Designated Teacher for adopted children? Find out more here:
Go and introduce yourself, and take a copy of the report with you.


Is your school doing a brilliant job? (Or maybe not so good....) Let us know – our campaign is founded on members’ experiences: [email protected] 

OFSTED has launched a consultation on its new schools inspection framework 
The consultation is open until April 5th. It's really important that OFSTED hear from adoptive parents about what makes a great school for your children. Please respond to the consultation if you can. AUK will be responding, and we've summarised our thoughts in case that's helpful for you. And don't forget about our Top of the Class report, which contains some views from education experts on the same subject. Download the OFSTED schools inspections framework - Guidance notes for consultation