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Schools & LAs Armed Forces engagement

Armed Forces engagement

Service parent/carer survey (2020).

Experiences that had a positive impact on Service child’s (children’s) wellbeing and educational experience: 39% said being part of the Armed Forces community and 34% said participation in extra-curricular activities.

Royal Navy Engagement team

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“Lost At” sessions - either at sea, desert or cold mountains environments.  Stories, videos and real life experiences are provided, then followed by an interactive session where pupils have to list survival equipment in order. (Points awarded for how close they are to a survival experts list).

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Army Engagement team

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They are able to provide, presentations and Q&A sessions about life in the Army as well as more interactive activities.  One of the most popular activities for primary schools is the giant inflatable assault course.

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Royal Air Force Engagement team

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Children will design the next RAF fast jet, helicopter or large aircraft in small groups. RAF Personnel will introduce themselves and briefly talk about their specialism in engines, aerodynamics, renewables etc. After the children have completed their designs the RAF will act as judges when the designs have been completed. 

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*Service children feedback quotes & photos*

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."

Aiden

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

Ashim

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

Chloe

"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."

Chloe

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

Georgia

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

Harry

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

Ieuan

"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."

Mia

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

Oliver

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

Ryan

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

Shana

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

Sianed

"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.'"

Sanjog

"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."

Lewis

"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."

Piaras

"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."

Dan