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September SPC Blog

Posted 11/9/2018

Happy New Term to all schools and colleagues!  I hope you’ve had a good summer and are looking forward to the busy term ahead!  There is quite a lot going on in the world of Service Children and Young People so forgive the length of this month’s blog and please read carefully for important information (including funding opportunities!):

1.    Re-Introduction of the MoD Education Support Fund- Bidding Round open 14.9.18-19.10.18:

In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer-term provision for Service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence recently announced the extension of the ESF, on a limited basis, for an additional two years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20

The 2019 ESF bidding round opens on Friday 14 September 2018 and closes at 1800hrs on Friday 19 October 2018. Applications should be forwarded to


2.  New website for the Armed Forces Education Trust 

The Armed Forces Education Trust has a new website which may make things easier to see more easily how the Trust might be able to help you with an award of a grant for education in the form of individual grants or collective grants. The Trust is a charity working for children and young adults whose education has been compromised or put at risk as a result of parents’ past or current service in our Armed Forces. The grants the Trust gives make a difference to young lives, helping improve their educational opportunities or supporting special skills or talents.

 Its aims

  • To help fund the education of the children of service men and women who have been disadvantaged by their parents’ service.

  • To ensure children do not miss out because of their parents’ service regardless of age, ability, parental rank or past or current service.

  • To provide schools with funding for additional resources to support the education of children whose parents serve or have served in the Armed Forces.

To find out more – go online to

3.    Supporting Service Children moving Between Schools in England

    In collaboration between the Department for Education and the MoD's Directorate for Children and Young People     (DCYP) there will be changes to the Common Transfer File (CTF) from September 2018.  The CTF is the means by     which state schools and local authorities in England transfer pupil data when a pupil moves from one school to             another.    

    From September 2018: -

  • When a school receives a CTF with the Service Child flag indicator set to 'Yes', an alert will be raised asking that a) the appropriate member of staff be informed of the identity of the service child joining the school and b) where the concerns section in the 'Service Child' section of the CTF has not been completed, that the appropriate member of staff be informed and advised to contact the CTF sending school for clarification.
  •  A 'Service child' section has been added to the CTF that asks additional questions based around a child's response to moving school, parental deployment and parental separation due to extended training periods or other     forms of duty.  A free text box has also been added in which a school can include details about any concerns, gaps in     education, strengths of the child, etc.

The above developments are designed to help schools manage the transfer of Service children and ensure a greater continuity of education and pastoral support.

Point of contact: Principal Education Officer, DCYP

Tel: 01980 61 8244        Email:


4.    Service Pupils' Champions

Nickie and I are still here for another year to support your school and your children.  These are some of the things that we offer:

  • Anxiety and Self-Esteem Workshops (free!)

  • Awareness training on all matters relating to Service Children for staff (free!)

  • Emotional First Aid courses for vulnerable parents

  • Individual work with children

  • Signposting, support and help with meetings for parents

  • Liaison with military colleagues

Please use us and publicise our role in your newsletters and websites.


Dates for the Diary:

  • Thursday 27 September 1.30pm-4pm Service Families Support Group Meeting County Hall, Northallerton

  • Friday 28 September 9.30am-11.30am Meeting for SENDCOs with Anna Vrahimi, SEND Advisor for DCYP, Le Cateau Primary School

  • Friday 9 November 1pm at Ripon Cathedral:  Annual Remembrance Service


An invitation has been sent out to all schools this week with information about this years’ service. We are delighted that Stephen Burke, who many of you will know from his work with An Invisible Man Theatre Company’s dramas, is working with 2 schools on bespoke dramas to be performed at the service.  Please let Annabel know if you would like more information.


Annabel Hall and Nickie Young

Service Pupils Champions, NYCC

Annabel Hall: 07816648163

Nickie Young: 07429007085

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