From academic year 2014/15, state maintained schools (funded by the local education authority) and non-maintained special schools (not funded by the local education authority) will attract the Pupil Premium for children:
- that were adopted from care in England (including those adopted before December 2005) or
- that left care under a Special Guardianship Order (under the Children Act 1989) or
- that left care under a Residential Order (under the Children Act 1989);
Schools can receive the funding:
- where the child is in Reception to Year 11; and
- where the parent self-declares their child’s status to the school, providing supporting evidence (e.g. Adoption Order); and
- where the school records on the School Census that it has a child on roll who meets the above criteria.
Parents and guardians are required to provide evidence to the school, for example their Adoption Order or a letter from the local authority that originally looked after the child.
The school will use this evidence to record the child's status on the school census. Once schools have declared a child's eligibility on the school census, they can access Pupil Premium funding which is £1900 per year per child.
Information detailed on an Adoption Order is sensitive and includes information parents may not want to share with their child's school. Parents can photocopy the child's Adoption Order and conceal information about birth parents before they present it to
The crucial information which needs to be visible is the child's name (since they were adopted) and the name of the agency they were originally adopted from.