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Evidence SCiP Alliance

About the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance

SSCE Cymru is a member of the SCiP Alliance practice group, and participates in the activities it conducts.

The SCiP Alliance’s vision: Thriving lives for Service children.

The SCiP Alliance’s mission: Support education practitioners to champion the progression of the children of military personnel, so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers.

The SCiP Alliance pursues this vision and mission by leading collaborative work to develop a robust evidence base, connect and support practitioners, and influence the policy environment.

For further information on the SCiP Alliance, visit

SCiP Alliance research

The SCiP Alliance is committed to improving further and higher education outcomes for Service children. It needs to know better before it can do better. That’s why the SCiP Alliance is a research–practice hub.

The SCiP Alliance produces briefings that help to summarise research and provide recommendations for practice and policy. Their subjects include resilience and moving schools. The briefing series can be found here.

More information about research relevant to Service children’s experiences can be found in the SSCE Cymru School Toolkit.


Progression of Service children to further and higher education

"Four out of ten Service children who have the ability to progress into higher education are unlikely to do so."
McCullouch and Hall (2016), Further and Higher Progression for Service Children


Listening to Learn: The Voices of Service Children

A programme of investigation to improve our understanding of how those supporting the children of Armed Forces families and veterans/ex-Service personnel put children’s voices at the heart of all they do.
Hall (2020), Listening to Learn: The Voices of Service Children


SCiP Alliance – Hub Cymru

The SCiP Alliance network of regional hubs brings together partnerships that connect stakeholders so that they can:

  • Enable new and better collaborations
  • Facilitate communication
  • Build capacity and capability
  • Reach out to new stakeholders
  • Communicate with, contribute to, and draw from the SCiP Alliance Practice Group and Strategy Board
  • Share and respond collectively to:
    • Effective practice
    • Challenges
    • Ideas
    • Priorities
    • Questions.

The University of South Wales (USW) and SSCE Cymru run the SCiP Alliance Hub Cymru collaboratively. The first meeting took place in November 2019 and bought together organisations to discussion research, policy and University engagement with Service children and the Armed Forces community in Wales.

 Organisations involved in the SCiP Alliance – Hub Cymru include:

For further information about how to get involved with the SCiP Alliance – Hub Cymru, please contact

Service children’s quotes

"As soon as we get used to a house, you get moved - I’ve been to four schools and moved six times."


"I lived in Nepal, then we went to Brunei, then Malaysia."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"I’m used to moving now and mixing with the children... I’ve done it so many times, it’s just a normal thing now."


"It's ok talking over skype and that, but sometimes you just want a hug when Dad is away."


"I’ve enjoyed going around to lots of places around the world, it's adventurous and exciting."


"In my eyes, you have hundreds of friends in different places."


"My mum got a chalk board and it says how many sleeps on it with chalk, every minute it’s getting closer for him coming home."


"I don’t want him to get promoted... I want him to get promoted but I don’t want to leave."


"I might be going to boarding school so that I don’t change schools every few years."


"I've been to seven different schools; I’ve not stayed put in one school long enough."


"He has been away for six months and he is back for two weeks, then he goes away again."


"My parents were in the Army. My mum is a like a nurse and my dad went to the war in Afghanistan. I actually didn’t really know what he was doing so I was like, ‘Cool Dad, go there,’ but then I found out and thought, 'Thank God he came back alive.'"


"He signed off last week, so he will be done by the end of this year. He’s done 24 years. I find that better because he will be around a lot. He likes watching us playing rugby, so he will get to see us more."


"I’m going to a new place entirely. They don’t know anything about me and that’s a big restart and that’s really good for me."


"I moved to Wales because my dad was posted in the Army. I thought I would get bullied and I was shy when you meet new people, but I made some friends."