MOD Who's Who
Do you hear about people who can help but are not sure exactly who they are or what they do? Do you wonder what all the letters stand for when someone signposts you to CEAS for example? There is a whole MOD department that provides support for Service children. This page outlines briefly who they are and what they do for you.
Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP)
Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)
Education Support Fund
Education of Service Children Change Programme
JSP 342 Education of Service Children and Young People
The Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP) is the department within the MOD for policy and strategy relating to Service children worldwide. They are based in Wiltshire. They have responsibility for the policy for Service children services and have various departments or projects to provide this support. These are explained in the following sections. If you would like to contact them directly, you can email: email@example.com.
CEAS provides advice and guidance to parents from all three Services, educational establishments and local authorities on educational issues relating to Service children, including issues relating to SEND.
They are a small team who can advise on individual children’s issues and difficulties arising from Service-induced mobility and parental deployment. This may include:
- Advice regarding education systems in the UK and worldwide
- Advice and support for school admissions and appeals
- Support for families with Special Educational Needs (SEND)
- Advice and guidance on MOD educational allowances, including Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) and overseas allowances
- Specialist support
- Retention of quarters on educational grounds
Contact CEAS via their helpline on +44(0)1980 618244, or email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk
MOD Schools are responsible for the delivery of early years, primary and secondary education at a number of locations across Europe and worldwide. All MOD Schools are subject to Ofsted inspections and high standards are maintained with performance targets linked to national performance in England and Wales. To find out more click here.
The MOD education support fund was launched in 2011 and is available for all state schools across the UK to apply to in order to support Service children who are affected by exceptional mobility and separation. It is for children both of regular armed forces and reserve forces. In 2014 the fund was increased to £6 million per year and was extended for a further period. To find out about how to apply click here.
The Education of Service Children Change Programme (ESCCP) has been set up within the Directorate in recognition of the changes that are taken place within Defence, and other policy which may impact upon Service children. Read more
There are five projects within the programme:Project 1: Improving access to high quality education for Service children in the UK
Project 2: Managing the closure of MOD Schools in Germany while maintaining education standards
Project 3: Managing the needs of Service children returning from Germany and those affected by major unit moves within the UK
Project 4: Defining the future operating model for Service children’s education overseas
Project 5: Defining the future operating model for the Directorate Children and Young People
AFF is actively involved with these and comments on behalf of all Army families on consultations and projects.
If you have a question or would like more information on the work of the ESCCP please contact: DCYP-ESCCP@mod.uk
JSP 342 includes the rules and regulations for the education of Service children. This provides the basis for the support services that the MOD provides for all Service children. It is divided up into two parts. Part 1 is the directive and part 2 is the guidance. It was completely rewritten at the end of 2014 and AFF was actively involved in the consultation process. Read more
Overview of JSP 342
Part 1 includes roles and responsibilities, education in the UK, school governance, pre-school provision in UK and overseas, MOD Schools, local provision overseas and school transport. Part 2 has four volumes:Volume 1: Education of Service Children in the UK.
Volume 2: Education of Service Children Overseas in MOD Schools
Volume 3: Education of Service Children Overseas in Non MOD Schools
Volume 4: Education of Service Children in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in the UK and Overseas
If you have any further questions you can contact CEAS or email the AFF Education and Childcare Specialist, Lucy Scott at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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