Primary & secondary school


We all take our children’s education seriously, but what sets the experience of a Service child aside from their civilian friends?

Another posting equals another new school. Service children can attend upwards of five different schools up to the age of eighteen, and children also have to cope with leaving friends behind and making new ones with each move.

However, Service children are often more adaptable, independent and flexible than their civilian friends, having grown used to change and the broader view of the world that this has given them.

On this page:

Free School Meals for Infant classes overseas
Support for Armed forces children moving to Scotland
Attainment research 2015
Authorised absence
School transport
Moving school packs
The Pupil Information Profile (PIP)
I have a child studying for public exams - can I stay in my SFA?
Early Mover Status
Differences between education systems
Education comparison table
Service Children in State Schools (SCISS)
Need a school overseas?
Home education
Consider becoming a Parent Governor
Support for Armed Forces children moving to Wales

 

Free School Meals for Infant classes overseas

In September 2014, the Government announced that state funded schools in England (including academies and free schools) would offer a free lunch to every primary school pupil in Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. MOD regulations on this have been published and if you are living overseas and have a child in these or equivalent years, then your child is now eligible for free school meals.  Read more

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Support for Armed forces children moving to Scotland

Are you living in Scotland, or about to move there, and worried about the differences in curriculum or how to find a school?  Read more

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Attainment research 2015

AFF commissioned research with York St John’s University, to look at the attainment of Army children in comparison to their civilian peers. The research investigated pupils in Year 6 and 10/11 and also included interviews with teachers and parents. Read more

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Authorised absence

According to the Gov.UK website, there are two reasons that children can miss school:

1. If they are ill
2. If you have advance permission from the school

Army families tell us that they have been fined for taking their children out of school in term time for the purposes of reuniting the family. AFF has responded to your comments and issues and has created a printable letter for you to attach to your absence request. Read more

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School transport

With an increasing demand on school places, you may find that your children’s school place may not be in the nearest school; transport may be an issue.

Here is an outline of the basics regarding free school transport entitlement from the Department for Education (DfE) that covers England and Wales. Scotland’s regulations are similar, and in Northern Ireland (NI), the ages are divided at the end of primary school. Read more

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Moving school packs

The MOD has produced a pack that is available from your local HIVE, CEAS and also online at www.gov.uk/government/publications/moving-school-packs  

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The Pupil Information Profile (PIP)

The new PIP, specifically designed for Service children moving school, provides your child’s new teacher with immediate relevant online information about your child.

It is an MOD-created project that informs schools, merges different educational language and current systems and has guidance to assist teachers. AFF has been part of the consultation process from the beginning. Read more

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I have a child studying for public exams - can I stay in my SFA?

Service parents who are due to move on assignment when their children are in their A Level years, or undertaking or preparing for GCSE or AS exams in local state schools, may be able to retain the Service Families Accommodation (SFA) which they currently occupy, to allow the child to complete their exams. Read more

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Early Mover Status

Early Mover Status (EMS) is for families who wish to move up to 12 months early for a unit move as part of rebasing. Read more

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Differences between education systems

Education is devolved and England, NI, Scotland and Wales all have slightly different education systems, delivered in slightly different ways.

School years may be categorised differently and depending on when your child’s birthday is, you may find that they start at a different time.

There are also different public examinations. Read more

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Education comparison table

Click here for a table showing comparative school years for children within the different state education systems of the Devolved Governments and also state boarding school. 

Remember that often the curriculum is different as well as the number on the classroom door, and so it is not easy to compare like with like.

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Service Children in State Schools (SCISS)

AFF is represented on the National Executive Committee of the Service Children in State Schools support network. This board is made up of representatives of head teachers, MOD, family feds and local authorities.

We discuss the best ways to support Service children in schools and host conferences around the country to share knowledge and information that will help schools achieve this. Read more

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Need a school overseas?

MOD Schools is part of the MOD Directorate of Children and Young People (DCYP).

MOD Schools have schools around the world and after draw down in Germany, there will be 13 remaining schools.

They follow the English curriculum where possible; however, they are not in all overseas posting areas. Read more

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Home education

Have you just moved and found there to be no suitable school places? Is your child on a waiting list and you are reluctant to start them in a different school temporarily? Have you just moved somewhere for a short time, or are you about to move just after the start of school? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then the option of home schooling may be for you. Read more

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Consider becoming a Parent Governor

Are you interested in being involved in the policies, recruitment and budgets at your local school? Do you have a bit of time to spare to volunteer for this vital role? Lynda and Sarah are Parent Governors who agreed to be interviewed for our magazine Army&You. Read more

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Support for Armed Forces children moving to Wales

Moving to Wales? The official Supporting Service Children in Education in Wales - SSCE Cymru - Guidance for Schools and Parents’ has been created to help parents who are moving to wales, and schools working with Service children. Read more

 

 

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