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Service children

Information for Service children

SSCE Cymru understands that because one or both of your parents may currently or have previously served in the Armed Forces, you may have faced unique experiences at home and at school.

You may have lived abroad, moved schools and home during the middle of the year, made new friends, experienced one or both of your parents have being away for work or had to support a friend during one of these experiences. Lots of these experiences can be really exciting and interesting but they can also be challenging. Every child deals with the emotions they feel during these experiences in different ways. 

The purpose of the SSCE Cymru programme is to ensure that teachers and staff in schools in Wales understand what experiences and challenges you may have faced because of the lifestyle of an Armed Forces family. SSCE Cymru provides resources that help schools to support Service children to make sure they have the most positive experiences while attending a school or schools in Wales. 

About Wales

Wales is a nation within the United Kingdom (UK) that has the responsibility of making many of it’s own decisions regarding education. It has many similarities to the other nations within the UK, but also many differences.
Located to the west of England, Wales has the same timezone (GMT) and uses the same currency (pound sterling) as England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales.

Culture

Wales is a nation that is very proud of its culture and heritage. The dragon, daffodils and leeks are some of the national symbols of Wales. The national anthem is Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of my Fathers).
The feast day of St David, the patron saint of Wales, is 1st March. In many schools across Wales, this day is marked by special activities, and some children wear traditional Welsh costumes; others may wear rugby shirts or take in leeks and daffodils.

The Eisteddfod (pronounced eye-steath-vod) is a Welsh festival of music, literature and performance. Some schools in Wales create their own Eisteddfod as part of their St David’s Day celebrations. This can include making arts and crafts, and writing or reciting songs and poems. These events and activities can take place in English and in Welsh.

Further information on St David’s Day can be found here.

 

Education

Education is compulsory and funded by the state from 5–16 years of age. Wales has a different curriculum to other nations in the UK, which means you may be taught different subjects and topics.

Further information about Wales can be found here.

Suggested resources

Little Troopers

This charity supports primary school children of Service families, providing advice and resources to support children in the classroom and at home.

You will need a log in to access some of the resources below.

Relevant Resources:

https://www.littletroopers.net/

Reading Force

This organisation uses books to bring Service children and families closer together. Its shared reading initiative encourages families to read, talk and scrapbook about a book, improving communication and enriching relationships with books and each other.

Relevant resources

https://www.readingforce.org.uk/

Helplines and support

Barnardo's

Growing up is a challenge for everyone, but for some it’s more difficult. Barnardo’s offer practical and emotional support so that young people can enter adulthood with the confidence they need to achieve their full potential.

Relevant Resources:

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/

ChildLine

This campaigning organisation says: “We’re here for you, whatever’s on your mind. We’ll support you. Guide you. Help you make decisions that are right for you.” It offers tips and techniques, ideas and inspiration that can help you feel more in control. You can access them in your own time, at your own pace.

Relevant resources:

Call 0800 1111 for support

https://www.childline.org.uk/

Meic

Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales. From finding out what’s going on in your local area to help dealing with a tricky situation, Meic will listen even when no-one else will. Meic won’t judge you and will help by giving you information, useful advice and the support you need to make a change.

Relevant resources

https://www.meiccymru.org/

Youth Provision

RFCA

This organisation provides support services directly to the Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force, and their Cadets.

Relevant resources

  • Why become a cadet?
www.wales-rfca.org/

Family Information Services

This organisation provides information on a number of services in your local area, including youth provision.

www.fis.wales/

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