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Schools & LAs Armed Forces Friendly Schools

Armed Forces Friendly Schools

Summary

Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, the Armed Forces Friendly Schools Status aims to:

  1. Embed good practice for supporting Service children
  2. Create a positive environment for Service children to share their experiences
  3. Encourage schools to become more engaged with their Armed Forces community.


The Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLOs) will work closely with all schools to support them in achieving their status, through activities/actions on the SSCE Cymru School checklist.

Schools will be expected to complete the following three steps throughout the process to achieve the status:

  1. Identify – Appoint Service children and a key member of staff to become the Service Children School Champions
  2. Understand – Develop an understanding of Service children and their needs by completing the SSCE Cymru CPD/e-learning
  3. Engage – Engage with SSCE Cymru and the Armed Forces Community.

Armed Forces Friendly Schools Cymru poster

Service parent/carer survey (2020).

Challenges schools face in supporting Service children: 81% indicated gaining an understanding of the Armed Forces lifestyle, 58% said identifying Service children and 56% indicated supporting Service children with their emotional and wellbeing needs.

Status

There are three levels of awards for schools to work towards, which are achieved by meeting the following criteria:

Bronze

  1. Embed a process for collecting data on Service children
  2. Identify a ‘Service Children School Champion’ (SCSC) who will be the primary link with SSCE Cymru
  3. Ensure that the relevant staff members completes the SSCE Cymru CPD/e-learning 
  4. Complete at least 40% of activities/actions on the school checklist.

Silver

  1. Have previously been awarded a Bronze Armed Forces Friendly School Cymru status
  2. Organise for the Armed Forces Engagement Teams to deliver a session with Service children and their peers
  3. Audit the school's support for Service children by using the SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit
  4. Complete at least 60% of activities/actions on the school checklist.

Gold

  1. Have previously been awarded bronze and silver Armed Forces Friendly School status
  2. Implement at least three of the principles within the SCiP Alliance Thriving Lives Toolkit
  3. Complete at least 80% of activities/actions on the school checklist.

When a school is awarded Armed Forces Friendly School status, they will be awarded the following items to celebrate their achievement and demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces community:

  • An Armed Forces Friendly School flag
  • A certificate/trophy
  • A bronze/silver/gold Armed Forces Friendly Schools digital logo, which can be used on the school website and email signatures.

Schools may also be invited to participate in local and/or regional celebration events with SSCE Cymru, the Armed Forces and local authority Armed Forces Champions.

 How to achieve Armed Forces Friendly School Status Cymru: 

  1. Download the relevant audit form
  2. Familiarise yourself with the requirements of the status
  3. Complete the activities associated with the status
  4. Complete the audit form and return it to SSCE Cymru.

 Download the Armed Forces Friendly School bronze audit form here

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, it's 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