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Toolkits Parent Toolkit - COMING SOON

Service parent/carer survey

We would like to give parents/carers of Service children the opportunity to share their experiences about living in/moving to Wales, the impact their lifestyles have on their children’s education and the support they have received from schools.

The survey will close on Friday 30th October and is estimated to take between 15-20 minutes to complete.

English survey

Welsh survey



The purpose of the SSCE Cymru Parent Toolkit is to provide information on education in Wales and the support that is available to school, parents/carers and Service children.

The Toolkit was produced with the support of the SSCE Cymru network, who provided and checked the content to ensure the most relevant and accurate information is provided.

The SSCE Cymru Parent Toolkit includes the following sections:

  • Armed Forces in Wales
  • Service children
  • Service children’s experiences
  • Education in Wales
  • Examinations and assessments
  • School admissions and mobility
  • About Wales 
  • Funding for schools
  • Term-time absence
  • Additional Learning Needs (ALN)
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Youth provision.

Any queries or feedback regarding the content of the SSCE Cymru Toolkits, should be directed to

Produced: 2021


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."


"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, its adventurous and exciting."


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


"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."