Forces Children’s Education honoured with bronze award
Forces Children’s Education has been honoured with a prestigious award for its work to help Armed Forces families in Scotland.
The organisation has received the bronze award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for its contribution to supporting the military community.
Forces Children’s Education was created by the Association of Directors of Education (ADES), supported by the MoD Education Support Fund, and is overseen by the ADES National Transitions Officer for Scotland, Carolyn MacLeod.
Carolyn said: “Forces Children’s Education (FCE) was created in collaboration with educators, families, partnership groups and the MOD. It continues to evolve due to their combined efforts.
“It is a tremendous achievement to have been recognised as a valuable support for Armed Forces families, their children, and communities.
“This is a great example of the Welcome, the interest, attention and the commitment being made across Scotland.”
Professor Michael Wood, the ADES General Secretary, said: “I am really thrilled not only with this award but the recognition this gives to Armed Forces children and education in Scotland, and how we are supporting them.”
The ERS initially recognised only employer efforts but has expanded to include all groups that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. Public and private sector organisations are eligible to apply, including NHS boards, local authorities and emergency services.
There are three award levels – bronze, silver and gold – and each requires recipients to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who Serve, or have Served, in the Armed Forces are treated fairly.