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Thursday, 3 May 2018

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AFF Welcomes Support for Service Pupils in Wales

AFF welcomes support for Service pupils in Wales

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is delighted to hear that a new £200,000 fund to support Service families in Wales has been announced by the Welsh Government. In 2017, the charity sent a detailed brief, on families' behalf, to the Education Minister Kirsty Williams, highlighting the need for targeted pupil funding for Armed Forces children in Wales, and they are pleased to see that this important issue has now been recognised

Families voices heard
In England, this funding is provided by the Service Pupil Premium, and AFF has frequently received feedback from families who felt their children were at a disadvantage in Wales.
Using their views as a platform, AFF has advocated a similar scheme to support Service children in Wales. The charity sees this newly announced provision as a positive first step to increased support in more areas of the UK.

Ensuring school support
The Education Minister said: "Service children often have to move schools at very short notice, and can also face the anxiety of having a parent away on active service. That's why we need to ensure schools are there to support them."

AFF's Regional Manager for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Annabel Ingram said: "AFF works hard in our devolved nations to ensure parity across the UK for all our Service families. We're very pleased for our families in Wales, who will now see their children receive support to deal with the unique challenges of life as a Service family."

The fund will be administered by the Supporting Service Children in Education (SSCE) Project, and schools are encouraged to make a bid this school term to access funding ready for the new school year in September.

Find out more
To find out more about the work AFF does on behalf of Army families worldwide, visit

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Forces Help to Buy - Scheme Ends This Year

What is the Forces Help to Buy Scheme? (UK) 
If you’re a regular serviceman or servicewoman in the armed forces, the Forces Help to Buy scheme could let you borrow up to 50% of your salary to a maximum of £25,000, interest free. This loan is for buying your first home or moving to another property on assignment or as your family’s needs change.
All regular service personnel are eligible who:
  • have completed the pre-requisite length of service
  • have more than 6 months left to serve at the time they apply
  • meet the right medical categories.
However, there may be instances where exceptions to the standard rules may be justifiable, especially where you have extenuating medical and personal circumstances.
You can apply for the loan online through the Joint Personnel Administration system and can seek advice on your application through your chain of command and personnel agency.

The pilot scheme, which launched in April 2014 and extended to 2018 aims to address the low rate of home ownership in the armed forces. 

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Creative Forces Day

The SCiP Alliance is a UK wide partnership, bringing together organisations to improve educational outcomes for children from armed forces families. With the aim to help Service Children make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers. The University of Winchester has been working with Hampshire County Council and schools in the region to develop service children’s aspirations and awareness of higher education since 2014. The University’s recent research indicates that children from military families are significantly underrepresented in higher education. The University of Winchester has run collaborative events with Bath Spa University. These ‘Creative Forces’ days will run again in June 2018 and the model will be piloted by York St John University in April 2018. The days provide a taster of Higher Education for the children and an opportunity to get to know Service Children from their own and other schools and university students from a service background. For more information on the success of previous ‘Creative Forces’ days, visit

Information taken from the SSCE Cymru newsletter.

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RBL Supporting Service Children in School in England and Wales – A Best Practice Guide

The Royal British Legion has recently launched new guides looking at ways to support Service Children in school. The guides share examples of good practice from across England and Wales and recommend ways in which Local Authorities, schools and families can improve Service Children's experience in education.
The guides provide information on extra funding available to support Service Children, charities and agencies working in the field and how schools and local authorities can improve support.

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