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Based on the content of the SSCE Cymru Toolkit, training sessions are now available for schools and other organisations in Wales.
The two-hour CPD session is delivered by the Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLOs) for Service Children on Microsoft Teams for up to eight delegates. It is suitable for a small number of key staff from each school, who would benefit from understanding the needs of Service children in greater depth.
Aims of the training session:
- To raise awareness of Service children’s needs - To increase staff confidence with supporting Service children in school.
1. Introduction to SSCE Cymru2. Armed Forces in Wales3. Service children's experiences4. Education in Wales5. Data and school admissions6. Mental health and wellbeing7. Extra-curricular activities8. Funding for schools9. Research and evidence.
The session includes lots of opportunities for discussion, feedback and questions around the experiences of Service children and actions the school can take to embed good practice. A certificate will be awarded to all participants on completion of the CPD training.
A number of CPD sessions are scheduled for the last week of every month. For further information and to register for one of the sessions, see the SSCE Cymru Training Sessions page.
"The whole course was fantastic. I never really thought about the impact on Service children so it was a real eye opener."
"All elements were beneficial, particularly the definition of military terms and structures to understand where my families in school fit into this and strategies to support the children. It brought the importance to the forefront of my mind."
"Very well presented by someone who was clearly passionate and knowledgeable about Service children. Thank you."
SSCE Cymru school survey (2019).
Only 32% of all schools indicated they feel well equipped to support their Service children with their unique needs
Service parent/carer survey (2020).
Challenges schools face in supporting Service children: 81% indicated gaining an understanding of the Armed Forces lifestyle.
SSCE Cymru wishes to support organisations in understanding more about Service children. We therefore offer a range of training sessions focused on Service children’s needs, challenges and experiences. The one-hour training session is delivered by the Regional School Liaison Officers (RSLOs) for Service Children on Microsoft Teams for up to 15 delegates.
Our sessions are aimed at several different audiences, including:
- Education teams- Wellbeing and welfare staff- Youth workers- Parents and carers- Armed Forces organisations- Health services- Higher Education Institutes.
Each of our sessions aims to raise awareness of the challenges that Service children may face due to the impact of the Armed Forces lifestyle. SSCE Cymru aims to mitigate these challenges by sharing knowledge, experiences and guidance.
By the end of these sessions, participants should feel more confident in identifying Service children’s needs and supporting them with challenges that they may face in education.
If you are interested in booking a free, virtual training session for your organisation, please fill in the form below. If you work in a sector not listed above and would like to arrange a training session, please email us at SSCECymru@wlga.gov.uk so that we may tailor our support to meet the needs of your organisation.
"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."
"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."