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EU Exit Preparations

Please ensure that you and your staff are familiar with the DfE guidance available online at
Lord Agnew (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System) issued a letter to Directors of Children’s Services requesting that it is shared with state schools. Read the ‘Guidance for schools on leaving the EU’ letter online.

Self-claim funding in January 2020 for children who have been previously in Care?


Children who have been looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order) have been allocated £2300 in funding if in Years Reception to Y11.

This funding is to support the social, emotional and academic needs of this group of children. To access this money, you need families to declare their child’s status directly to you at school just once. Each time the child starts a new school, this information will have to be obtained again. The Department for Education requires evidence of a child’s adoptive or special guardianship status, so schools will need to support families and encourage them to share the information. Monies will be allocated directly to your school.


Attached is a draft letter for you to personalise and send out to your families.


Draft Letter


The Gloucestershire Virtual School team would welcome the opportunity to offer advice and support to assist in supporting the social, emotional and academic needs of previously looked after children.


For any queries, please contact Nicola Hopper, Virtual School Education Officer for Previously Looked After Children 01452 328860.


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