Iain Marnock OBE from Berkshire Freemasons with a mother, Paula
At least 70 adopted children with complex needs from across the South East of England will be given help and support in taking full advantage of their education, thanks to a grant of £29,800 from Berkshire Freemasons to the charity Parents And Children Together (PACT).
Many adopted children have been removed from their birth families after experiencing significant trauma and neglect. This can often have a severe impact on their performance at school, many children can exhibit disruptive or potentially violent behaviour, or can have an inability to focus in class and feel overwhelmed. They may become the victim of bullying, less so the perpetrator, and can often have difficulties in forming or maintaining friendships with other children because they stand out, quite subtly, as different.
Adopted children are 20 times more likely to be excluded from schools. Adoption UK confirms 65 per cent of adopters think their school fails to understand the impact of their child’s background on their mental health, and ability to engage, learn, and achieve their potential.
Adoption UK’s report shows that 80 per cent of adoptees feel confused or worried at school, with two thirds being bullied and 19 per cent feeling their final exam results were not a fair reflection of their abilities.
One adopted child being helped by PACT is Isabelle, 14, who believes PACT’s intervention with her school has given her education a real boost.