Welcome. This site includes clear and accurate information for educators and Armed Forces families, with the latest information and resources being added regularly.
This website was created by the Association of Directors of Education (ADES), in conjunction with the Scottish Government, Local Authorities across Scotland and the Ministry of Defence.
This information has been brought together to give you an introduction to the Scottish education system; provide you with an understanding of the geography and education resources available; and to join-up the MoD (SFA and posting assignments) with local authority and schools information.
For professional educators
This website will help you and your schools appropriately support Armed Forces children. Forces children are in schools in every local authority across Scotland and we hope to assist you in understanding some of the life experiences and their various education journeys. Having an appreciation for the issues around mobility and additional support needs (especially, interrupted learning) will enable you to provide assistance if, and when, needed.
Carolyn MacLeod MBE, ADES National Transitions Officer (NTO)
Carolyn is a former teacher whose role with ADES is to create a blueprint for education policy affecting the movement of Forces children in, out and within Scotland.
Carolyn is on secondment from the Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET), Scotland’s Armed Forces Children’s charity, and works with local authorities, schools, children’s services and the Armed Forces to enhance policy and practice. She encourages liaison and communication, works closely with the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and is a member of the Scottish Service Children’s Strategic Group.
Carolyn has held the position of NTO since 2012 and has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in this area. She is also a military spouse and parent.
Contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
MoD Education Support Fund
The site has been funded by the MoD Education Support Fund (ESF) under the management of the ADES National Transitions Officer. The ESF is the responsibility of the MoD’s Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) and the aim of the fund is to support projects which mitigate the effects of “exceptional mobility” or “deployment”.
There are currently a number of other projects being funded across Scotland by the ESF. These are mainly in the authorities where there are major regular Armed Forces bases – Angus, Argyll & Bute, Edinburgh City, Fife, Highland, Moray, and Midlothian. In addition, Renfrewshire Council which has significant Armed Forces children but no major base has received funding. Elsewhere, some individual schools or clusters of schools have received funding. The overall process is supported in Scotland by the ADES National Transitions Officer with establishment visits and centralised meetings to exchange good or interesting practice.