Boarding


Many Army families are still highly mobile; which can be very disruptive to a child’s education. 

One of the ways that the MOD helps to overcome this disruption is by funding an allowance that is a contribution towards the cost of boarding school. This allows the family to move together but for the child to have a continuous education.

AFF believes in accompanied Service and whilst there are mobile families, we will continue to tell the MOD that this support is vital for the children and for their families.

On this page:

Why board?
CEAS and DBS PACCC
First steps
State boarding schools
Independent boarding schools
What about children with SEN?
How much is this all going to cost?
Questions to ask boarding schools
Read the small print
What happens if it all goes wrong?
The 50 mile rule
29 Jun - The 90 day rule

 

Why board?

Do you have at least one school aged child? Have you moved house a number of times recently and is changing school becoming a bit of an issue for your child? Are you considering boarding school to provide a stable education for them? Read more

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CEAS and DBS PACCC

The MOD Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) gives advice, information and support on all aspects of your child’s education, including boarding school. Read more

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First steps

If you’re considering boarding, then there are some things you should know before you start the process. Read more

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State boarding schools

Whether or not you have a school in mind yet, the following may help you make an informed choice about your child’s school. Read more

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Independent boarding schools

The best place to start when choosing an independent school is to ring the CEAS and ask for a list of all registered CEA schools in your chosen area. Read more

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What about children with SEN?

Please click here to learn more about how the MOD supports children with Special Educational Needs who would like to go to boarding school.

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How much is this all going to cost?

Costs vary widely. Some schools state their fees and very little is added to the extras bill, and some charge for every piece of stationary. Read more

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Questions to ask boarding schools

If you’re considering boarding as an option for your family, ring up and ask schools for a prospectus. 

Once you’ve received this, you will be able to make a decision about whether you want to find out more and visit. Visiting schools is vital and it’s important that you ask lots of questions.

Here is a list of questions to print off and take with you. Read more

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Read the small print

There are a wide variety of schools offering different things to suit your child and your circumstances. There are also various discounts on offer. However, please be aware of the small print. Read more

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What happens if it all goes wrong?

Despite being prepared and having planned well, your child may not settle, may change their behaviour significantly or just might not be suitable for boarding school.

If you’re worried about your child and think that the best thing for them would be to come home, Read more

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The 50 mile rule

AFF is currently investigating an issue regarding moving over 50 miles away from your current location. Read more

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The 90 day rule

The current policy stating that a soldier is ineligible to claim Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) if their spouse is away from the home for more than 90 days per year is unfair and results in a restriction on spousal employment. AFF would like this policy amended to reflect the Armed Forces Families Strategy, to allow spouses the chance to continue employment, training and careers whilst accompanying their soldier.

To find out more about what AFF is doing to tackle this issue, read our brief to command, here.

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