Education


Leaving the Army can impact on your child’s education in a number of ways. From finding another school to changes to your CEA allowance if your child is boarding, we’ve got it all covered.

On this page:

Changing schools
Transfer of pupil information
Claiming CEA
Changing from a boarding to a day place
Service Premium
Differences between education systems
Childcare
 

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Changing schools

It’s important to contact your local schools and the admissions team of the Local Authority (LA) to find out where there are school places in your new area as soon as possible.

Some schools manage their admissions themselves and some are managed by the LA; the Schools Admissions Code 2012 refers to children of Armed Forces personnel.

The Armed Forces Covenant also supports currently serving soldiers and their families and also veterans. The education section about taking away disadvantage on moving will apply to you on transition.

This is only a consideration for admissions authorities and does not guarantee you the school place of your choice.

Having difficulty acquiring a school place for your child? Let us know, email ec@aff.org.uk so that we can use evidence like yours to continue to campaign.

CEAS may also be able to assist you.

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Transfer of pupil information 

The Pupil Information Profile for Military Service Children has been specifically created for the transfer of Service children’s school records as a supplement to the common transfer file.

CEAS and HIVE have ‘moving schools’ packs for primary aged children which can be sent out to you. The pack comprises of three booklets; a children’s activity book, one for parents and a school history book.

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Claiming CEA

CEA is paid up until the end of the term that your soldier’s end of Service date falls. If this date falls in a holiday period, then CEA is paid up until the end of the term before.

If your soldier is leaving on redundancy or for other reasons, the rules may be different – contact our Education & Childcare Specialist at ec@aff.org.uk for further details. 

Double check the small print of the contract you have with your child’s boarding school as some layout a minimum number of terms; if you have not completed those you may be liable for the full fees (without CEA) for the remaining time.

If you are keen for your children to remain at the same school but concerned about how to finance it, some parents have been successful in negotiating a lump sum payment (from their gratuity) to keep their child in school for the remaining time.

There are a couple of bursaries that AFF is aware of for families needing help with school fees. The criteria are strict but you can find the links to these here on our website to find out more. 

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Changing from a boarding to a day place 

Please be aware that some schools have specific quotas for day and boarding pupils – particularly state boarding schools. Don’t assume that you can transfer from one to the other – check this with the school.

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Service Premium 

300 of Service Premium money is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children in Years R-11. Service personnel can claim Service Premium for up to six years after they have left (providing they left after 2011); it is not possible to claim retrospectively. For more details, click here

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Differences between education systems

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

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Childcare

Know where you are moving to? Try to identify suitable childcare as soon as possible and establish if there is a waiting list.

Be sure to let the current nursery know that you are leaving as you can only claim your free hours for three and four year olds in one setting at a time.

The Family Information Service offer free advice on childcare and funding in all areas of England; there is an equivalent elsewhere in the UK. Please see useful links on our website for details of these. 

 

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AFF Specialist

Lucy Scott.
Tel: 0752 749 2869
Email: ec@aff.org.uk

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