Call for more transparency over how schools spend Pupil Premium funding
Published: 01.04.15Adoption UK is calling on adoptive parents to declare all of their eligible children for Pupil Premium and to find out how the funding is being spent by their school.
Pupil Premium, which is £1,900 per eligible child, per year, provides schools in England with additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged children and close the gap with their classmates.
The funding is available to all children adopted from care in England and is paid to schools in respect of children from Reception to Year 11.
Hugh Thornbery, Chief Executive of Adoption UK, said: "Eighty per cent of adoptive parents told us their child needs more support than their classmates so we have persistently campaigned for additional support to be available to all adopted children in school in the UK."
A recent survey carried out by Adoption UK found that 41 per cent of parents who declared their children for Pupil Premium did not know how the funding was being spent as it goes directly to the school. Less than a fifth of parents (19 per cent) said their child had their own personalised plan as a result of Pupil Premium.
Mr Thornbery continued: "We want to ensure the funding is used as effectively as possible through initiatives like the Virtual School. We would like to see the role of Virtual School extend to cover children adopted from care. This would ensure that each child had a Personal Education Plan, specific to their needs."
While the funding does not have to be spent on an individual child, Adoption UK says its essential all parents who have declared their adopted children for Pupil Premium, understand how this money is benefitting their own child.
Mr Thornbery added: "We welcome Pupil Premium funding in England but we will be looking for parity in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to ensure that all adoptive families - no matter where they live in the United Kingdom - receive the support they need."
A virtual school for adopted children is currently being piloted by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
The borough's 'school with no classrooms', which ensures all children in care receive educational support, is being extended to all adopted children during this academic year.