Adopted children in need of more support at school, report shows

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According to a recent report by Adoption UK, adopted children are falling behind with their studies, struggling emotionally and in need of extra support from teaching professionals.

The ‘Bridging the Gap’ report claims that “[Adopted children] are more likely to be excluded, more likely to have social, emotional and mental health difficulties and more likely to leave school with no qualifications.”

The report also includes the findings of which 4,000 adopted children and their parents were surveyed about their attitudes towards adopted children and school:

  •  79% of adopted children and young people agreed with the statement “I feel confused and worried at school”
  • Almost three quarters of adopted children and young people agreed with the statement “Other children seem to enjoy school more than me”
  • Two thirds of secondary-aged adopted young people told us that they had been teased or bullied at school because they are adopted
  • Almost 70% of parents feel that their adopted child’s progress in learning is affected by problems with their wellbeing in school
  • 60% of adoptive parents do not feel that their child has an equal chance at school

In light of these findings, Adoption UK wants better training for teachers to be able to support adopted children, particularly when they have experienced abuse, trauma and neglect. It also wants to “reduce the pressure for academic achievement at all costs and prioritise emotional and social literacy in schools, giving staff and students the time and space to develop meaningful, supportive relationships.”

The report and survey were undertaken for Adoption UK’s Equal Chance campaign, which hopes to give adopted pupils and equal chance in life through development programmes and access to specialised support.

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