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Posted 8/11/2018

Service Pupils' Remembrance Service, Ripon Cathedral 2017Service Pupils' Remembrance Service, Ripon Cathedral 2017As I write this we are finalising the arrangements for this year’s Service Children’s Remembrance Service which is taking place on Friday 9th November at Ripon Cathedral.  This  year there will be more children and young people from military families than ever before which seems fitting in this especially poignant year, and also because as ever, many of our young people are dealing with long separations from their serving parents and for many at the start of this new school year settling into  new homes and schools.  So, greetings to you all at this Remembrance time and we look forward to seeing you at the cathedral next week. There will be a full report in December’s blog.

Earlier in the term we invited secondary schools to a  CPD meeting with SCiP (Service Children’s Progression Alliance) on Friday 16 November 1.30pm at County Hall.  There are still places available, and these are not exclusive to secondary schools.  Details below:

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to a meeting of the SCiP Alliance hub network (North East and Yorkshire) which will take place on Friday 16th November 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Northallerton County Hall.

The SCiP Alliance is a partnership of organisations focused on improving outcomes for children from military families. It is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The aim of the alliance is foremost to champion the progression of the children of military personnel, so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers.

The meeting will be led by Matt Blyton, Strategic Lead for Service pupils for North Yorkshire County Council and Louisa Dobson, who leads the SCiP Alliance North East and Yorkshire Hub based at York St John University.

Outline agenda:

 Overview of SCiP Alliance and SCISS

 CPD session (choose one option)

 Supporting Service Children through the UCAS system

 Findings from the Children’s Commissioner’s June 2018 report (Kin & Country: Growing up as an Armed Force’s Child) and implications for the sector.

 Looking forward: what’s next for SCiP Alliance & the North East and Yorkshire Hub

 Evaluation and close


To book your place, please email with your full name and your institution by Friday 9th November.

Emotional First Aid, Primary Schools:  there is an EFA course running 16th and 23rd January at the Ripon Spa Hotel:  

Emotional First Aid Training is an accredited course for professionals who work with children and young people.

At the end of the course, successful delegates will be recognised and accredited as an “Emotional First Aider” by the Solent NHS Trust.

Emotional First Aid (EFA) training supports the North Yorkshire County Council strategy to improve the emotional and mental health of children and young people. EFA is the initial support given to a child or young person experiencing emotional distress, creating a healthy emotional environment with the child before any appropriate or specific professional help is sought and obtained.  Course code: SI-0119-T006.  Please ask Nickie or Annabel for details.


Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) Update:


DCYP has recently re-launched their pages on GOV.UK

The DCYP was established in 2010 to provide a single Ministry of Defence (MOD) focus for all issues related to service children and young people. Service children are the children of serving service personnel but they also have a responsibility for the children of MOD UK based civilians and sponsored organisations serving outside of the UK.

The work of DCYP falls into the six broad areas of responsibility listed below:

  • Strategic direction and policy 
  • Provision of high quality education in MOD schools and settings 
  • Safeguarding children and young people 
  • Supporting the Armed Forces Covenant 
  • Direct support and advice to service families with advice on a wide range of education matters 
  • Educational psychology and social work services.

This is a link to the relaunched web pages DCYP GOV.UK


Looking for a fun and informative insight into the Army as part of your school’s careers offer?  Try this:

The Army Engagement Group (AEG) tours the country engaging with a wide variety of people to give them a greater understanding of the British Army; who we are, what we do and how we contribute to society. The AEG has four teams that can offer various multi-media presentations and activities, before giving people the chance to meet and talk to some of our soldiers.

THE ARMY YOUTH OUTREACH TEAM encourages young people to maximise their potential and challenge stereotypes. Working with schools, youth groups, communities and charitable organisations, the team delivers an interactive presentation which explores opportunities available in the Army and highlights the emphasis we place on personal development. The team also delivers various fun, practical activities including ones based on Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), which aim to develop communication skills, foster teamwork and grow self-confidence.


IS THERE A COST? There is no charge for our presentations or activities and we come with all our own equipment. We just request that you provide a suitable venue and audience.

HOW TO BOOK Requests for any of the Army Engagement Group’s teams can be made by emailing


Funding for the SPC role continues for this academic year from a grant from the Armed Forces Education Trust.  A bid for the future beyond this has been submitted to the MOD Support Fund…watch this space with the outcome… but in the meantime please make the most of your Service Pupils’ Champions!  Anxiety Workshops, Self Esteem Workshops, family and pupil support, liaison and sign posting etc. etc. !


Save the Date!  Really excited that our Armed Forces Day for Children event has been confirmed for next year and will be on Thursday 20th June 2019.  More information / an invitation to the event will be sent out after Christmas.


Finally…as part of the changes to MKC Heroes I have a box of the old style ‘HMS Heroes’ t-shirts in mixed sizes from age 7 to small adult.  They are yours if you want them for sports, art, messy play, spare PE kit etc. etc.


Have a good November.



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