Adoption - Schools

Schools are asked to give all children who are adopted from care priority access to schools, which means that your child should be able to attend whichever school you think best meets their needs.  You can find out more about how to apply from School Admissions

Pupil Premium
School aged children are eligible for the pupil premium, an additional £1,900 every year for state funded schools to help meet the educational needs of adopted children.  You will need to inform your child's school that they are adopted in order to receive this. 

Free Early Education for Two Year Olds
If your child is 2 years old you can take up the offer of a free early education place.  You will need to be referred by a professional like a children's centre worker.  If your child is:

  • in receipt of the early education entitlement; and

  • was adopted from the local authority care or left care under a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.

Your child's early education provider can claim the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

The EYPP is worth an extra £300 per child and is paid to early education providers to improve the quality of provision for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

If your child is eligible to attract the EYPP and is accessing the early education entitlement, let your early education provider know.  You will be asked to provide evidence of your child's status, such as a copy of the adoption order.

Further information about the EYPP can be found at where there is also guidance for childcare providers.