Adoption UK and PAC-UK have recently released two complementary schools guides to ensure adopted children get the best possible educational start in life.
Commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE), the guides for adoptive parents and school staff respectively explain how The Children and Social Work Act 2017 enhances support for previously looked after children. The guides also explain why these vulnerable children may need additional support in school, what educational entitlements they can attract and what support is available for them.
Adoption UK's guide, Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children - a guide for adoptive parents, has advice from adoptive parents and includes information about virtual school heads (VSHs), designated teachers (DTs), priority school admission and pupil premium plus (PP+).
PAC-UK's guide, Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children - a guide for school staff, includes the views of adopted teens on how their experiences in school could be improved, and it also covers a range of topics including what we know about our children in education, a background to early developmental trauma, whole school approaches and support for schools and families.
Find out more about the guides by taking a look at Adoption UK's website.