Information for education professionals
Children whose parents are serving, or have served, in the military can have unique needs and there may be times when they require additional support in order to be successful in their learning.
These pages have been put together to help professional educators in nurseries, schools and colleges across Scotland recognise and respond to the challenges that Forces children face.
ARMED FORCES CHILDREN ARE IN EVERY LOCAL AUTHORITY ACROSS SCOTLAND
Armed Forces children don’t look any different and if parents and families don’t tell you about their connection with the military it can be difficult to know who they are and it can be tempting for schools who aren’t near military bases to assume they don’t have children from Armed Forces families in their schools.
In September 2016, a new Armed Forces Families indicator was added to SEEMIS and the annual data check form. The data collection has provided surprising results: approximately 1% of the school population is Armed Forces and there are Armed Forces children across every single Local Authority in Scotland.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
The guidance provided here reflects the expertise of professional educators across Scotland who have years of experience in supporting Armed Forces families.
If you or your school have additional examples of good practice, or have resources that you think should be on this website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowing and supporting Forces families is key to helping students on their learning journey. We’ve put together this resource for all educators to create a successful school careerStart your journey
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Children from Armed Forces families bring many benefits to the schools they attend, find out more and download our posterFind out more
NEW guidance toolkit for teachers
Forces Children’s Education and the National Transitions Officer launch advice toolkit for teachers with Armed Forces pupilsFind out more
NEW guidance for schools
Updated funding guidance, for schools working with Armed Forces families in 2021-22, has been released by the ADES National Transitions OfficerRead more
Children in Scotland have released a resource to help you improve understanding and importance of wellbeing amongst children and young people you teachDownload the PDF
Highlighting good practice
We have collated a series of local authority good practice materials for you to accessFind out more
ADES has released new guidance materials for teachers and headteachers of Armed Forces Children.Download the guides
Armed Forces Covenant
Every council across Scotland has signed up to the Covenant meaning that those with a responsibility for education have a professional and moral responsibility to fulfil it.Download
These guidelines for schools on the admission of Armed Forces children agreed by Local Authorities and are endorsed by the Scottish Government and MoD.View Here
For use in professional development to support discussion around the issues raised by the film.View Here