Pupil Premium: Adoption

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Lord Watson of Invergowrie Lord Watson of Invergowrie Shadow Spokesperson (Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the use of Pupil Premium Plus funding for adopted children is properly scrutinised.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

For adopted children, pupil premium plus (PP+) is paid directly to their school. The school is free to use PP+ however it chooses to promote the educational outcomes of all eligible pupils. However, local authority-maintained schools must publish their strategy for using PP+ on their website and it is recommended that academies do the same.

In May 2019, Ofsted published its education inspection handbook which will apply to school inspections carried out from September 2019 under the education inspection framework. This sets out how inspectors will gather evidence of the impact of the use of PP+ and how they will consider the impact of the curriculum on previously looked-after children, including those adopted from care.

Statutory guidance for designated teachers requires them to encourage parents and guardians’ involvement in deciding how the PP+ is used to support their child and be the main contact for queries about its use.

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