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Resources School Toolkit and Tools

School Toolkit

The purpose of the SSCE Cymru School Toolkit is to provide schools, local authorities and education professionals with information on the experiences of Service children, and help them to understand the support that is available to assist them with supporting Service children in the best possible way.

The Toolkit was produced with the support of the SSCE Cymru network, who provided and checked the content to ensure the most relevant and accurate information is provided.

The SSCE Cymru School Toolkit includes the following sections:

  • Armed Forces in Wales
  • Service children’s experiences
  • Education in Wales
  • Service children data and school admissions
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Youth provision
  • Funding
  • Research.

Each section of the SSCE Cymru School Toolkit also provides information on various support organisations and relevant links to resources, along with a list of suggested actions/activities for the school.

Download the School Toolkit here

Any queries or feedback regarding the content of the Toolkit should be directed to

Launched: March 2020

Any queries or feedback regarding the content of the SSCE Cymru Tools should be directed to

SSCE Cymru school survey (2019).

Resources they would find beneficial in helping them to support their Service children: 58% said Toolkits/information packs, 58% said Funding guidance, 54% said Mental Health and Wellbeing support for Service children information, 51% said School checklist (suggesting activities), 50% said Good practice guide, 45% said PowerPoint Presentation for school staff and pupils – on the Armed Forces and Service children experiences.

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."