Latest Latest News Children’s Minister supports Equal Chance campaign Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi has added his support to Adoption UK’s Equal Chance Campaign, which is calling on UK governments to re-think the way we are educating our most vulnerable children and to address the shortfall in vital support needed in schools. Mr Zahawi said: “I, and the Government, absolutely agree that all children should have an equal chance to thrive at school. “We welcome Adoption UKs ‘equal chance’ ambition to raise awareness in schools of the impact that early trauma has on a child’s ability to learn. "For our part, we are committed to ensuring that adopted children are supported to succeed in education and, like their parents, we are fiercely ambitious for them. We want to ensure every child – regardless of their circumstances – has an excellent education, so that they can gain the knowledge, attributes and resilience they need for future success.” The Conservative MP for Stratford-upon-Avon added: “This is why we: are taking forward the Manifesto commitment to review the outcomes of, and support for Children in Need; have ensured adopted children are eligible for Pupil Premium Plus funding of £2,300 a year and; have expanded the role of Virtual School Heads and designated teachers to ensure adopted children are better supported in school.” Dr Sue Armstrong Brown, Adoption UK’s chief executive, has previously brought to the Minister’s attention the devastating impact adopted children’s early experiences can have on school and family life. Adoption UK will continue to hold the UK governments to account to ensure our most vulnerable children receive an equal chance at school.