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Training available to increase understanding of impact of adoption on school life

After Adoption, the leading national provider of adoption support services, has launched a new training programme for educators, SafeBase for Schools, to develop understanding of the challenges adopted children face in school and to assist in narrowing the attainment gap between pupils in primary and secondary school classrooms.

SafeBase for Schools is a half-day training programme for head teachers, teaching staff and those with a duty of care for vulnerable children. The programme informs and advises on the impact of early life adversity on adopted children and their subsequent attachment issues with peers and adults, which can lead to difficulties at school, including poor academic performance.

Developed in response to adopter demand, the training can be accessed by schools through the pupil premium. From April 2014, all children adopted from care were to receive this funding support, not just those adopted after 30 December 2005, as previously was the case. Schools must demonstrate how they invest in specific support to address the issues that prevent these children from reaching their potential.

As well as helping schools respond positively and appropriately to adopted children’s behaviours and needs, the programme supports schools in meeting DfE pupil premium performance indicators and Ofsted inspection requirements.

Find out more on the After Adoption website.

Page Published: 24/03/2015