AFF is delighted to hear that a new £200,000 fund to support Service families in Wales has been announced by the Welsh Government. In 2017, we sent a detailed brief, on families’ behalf, to the Education Minister Kirsty Williams, highlighting the need for targeted pupil funding for Armed Forces children in Wales, and we’re pleased to see that this important issue has now been recognised.
Families voices heard
In England, this funding is provided by the Service Pupil Premium, and AFF has frequently received feedback from families who felt their children were at a disadvantage in Wales.
Using their views as a platform, AFF has advocated a similar scheme to support Service children in Wales and we are pleased with the new announced provision as a positive first step to increased support in more areas of the UK.
Ensuring school support
The Minister said: “Service children often have to move schools at very short notice, and can also face the anxiety of having a parent away on active service. That’s why we need to ensure schools are there to support them.”
AFF’s Regional Manager for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Annabel Ingram said: “AFF works hard in our devolved nations to ensure parity across the UK for all our Service families. We’re very pleased for our families in Wales, who will now see their children receive support to deal with the unique challenges of life as a Service family.”
The fund will be administered by the Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) Project, and schools are encouraged to make a bid this school term to access funding ready for the new school year in September.
Find out more
To find out more about Service children’s education, visit AFF’s education pages.