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Schools & Local Authorities Funding

Funding

Schools across Wales are being very proactive and doing some great work to ensure that their Service children are not disadvantaged due of the impact of being part of an Armed Forces family.

Click here to see examples of good practice.

Sometimes, schools and local authorities need to access additional funds in order to continue to support Service children in the most effective way. SSCE Cymru recognises that it’s not always easy identifying what funds are available, what grants are most relevant to a project and what is the best way to approach completing the application forms.

Service children – funding guidance for schools in Wales

Members of the SSCE Cymru Network produced this document to provide schools and local authorities in Wales with information about the funding streams available, along with advice on completing the application forms. The advice comes from members of the funding panels, as well as schools and local authorities that have been successful in applying for the grants.

The guidance document was initially produced in 2019 and was updated in May 2020 to reflect details of the funds available for 2020/21. Currently, it primarily includes information and advice on two funding streams, the MODs ESF and the Armed Forces Education Trust funding. The guidance will be updated as and when any other funding streams are made available, which are relevant to supporting Service children in education in Wales.

Guidance

Welsh Government – Service Children Support Fund (2020/21)

The fund is administered by SSCE Cymru on behalf of the Welsh Government.

2020/21 funding details - TBC

Other funding

Further information and advice on these funding streams can also be found in the Service children – funding guidance for schools in Wales document.

Ministry of Defence (MOD) – Education Support Fund (ESF) (2021)

£3m available across the UK to support schools and local authorities to overcome the challenges they face as a result of significant mobility and/or deployment.

Application deadline – 7th October 2020.

Grant application pack

Armed Forces Education Trust

Collective and Collaborative grants available to help ease the difficulties that sometimes happen with the education of children of members of the Armed Forces as a result of their parents’ service.

Collective grants

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