Progress on last year: education and childcare

As we move into spring 2019, we’re shifting our focus onto education and childcare.  

Throughout March and April, keep an eye on our social media for updates and handy snippets of info to help you make the most of your Service child’s education experience. We’ll look at school admissions and appeals, the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in England and explore the Service children’s voice – how your young ones feel about life as a Service child. 

What has AFF been up to on your behalf? 

In the second of our series of progress updates on last year, let’s take a look at what we did with your evidence from 2018… 

Last year, our education and childcare enquiries were up 43%. Within this, admissions and appeals enquiries were up 63% and your enquiries around SPP tripled! 

Many of you told us about issues using the school admissions code if you’re leaving the Army or are living married unaccompanied. Others told us they are still seeing a wide variation in how schools are using SPP funding.  

AFF has worked with contacts including the Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP), the University of Winchester, Service Children in State Schools (SCISS), as well as local authorities and representatives from the devolved administrations. We’ll continue pushing for improvements to the interpretation and delivery of these policies that have been established to support families like yours. 

Information about everything we covered last year can be found on our Education and Childcare pages, so take a few minutes to have a look

So, what next? 

For the next couple of months, we encourage you to speak to us about any issue you are having regarding your child’s education or childcare.  

Check out our website, get involved on social media or speak to us in your local area. You can also speak to our Education and Childcare Specialist on  


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