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In England and Wales the Department for Education (DfE) provides £1,900 (£2,300 in 2018/19) extra funding for any pupil that has been adopted, has a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order, and has been in local authority care for one day or more.

While under local authority care, the funding goes to the virtual school head, but once the orders have been made the funding goes direct to schools in quarterly instalments, beginning in the April following declaration in the January school census.

In its early consultation over changes to the National Funding Formula, the DfE stated: “Children’s experiences prior to entering care have a long-lasting effect on their educational attainment. When children leave care, through for example adoption, it is unlikely that their educational needs will change significantly simply because their care status has changed.

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