Supporting Armed Forces families: a learning resource

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There are more than 13,000 Armed Forces children and young people in Scotland, in schools in every local authority area.

These children or young people have a parent, carer or close relative who is a member of the Armed Forces community, such as serving personnel, reservists or veterans.

Knowing if a child or young person is from an Armed Forces family is crucial to helping them on their learning journey.

It means educators can work with families to provide the necessary educational and pastoral support, and be better placed to support positive mental health and wellbeing over challenges such as mobility, separation and loss.

To help teachers better respond to the unique needs of Armed Forces pupils, a Professional Learning Activity was created and is available on the Education Scotland GLOW digital learning platform.

The information in this resource is also beneficial to anyone who works with or has links to children and young people from Armed Forces families. This could include school staff, community club or youth group workers, sports coaches, or people whose children have friends with parents in the Armed Forces.

Forces Children’s Education has created a version of this valuable learning resource that everyone can access and work through. You do not have to complete every section at once, or can pick and choose the steps you feel are most relevant to you.

We hope you will find it beneficial.

The following learning material has been developed by FCE and ADES (Association of Directors of Education in Scotland) in partnership with Education Scotland and Forces Children Scotland (formerly the Royal Caledonian Education Trust).

Programme contents

  1. Helping Armed Forces children and young people to thrive
  2. The Armed Forces Covenant
  3. Family Life
  4. Emotional Cycle of Separation and Loss
  5. Transitions
  6. The views of children and young people
  7. Research supporting improvements
  8. Using data to improve outcomes for learners
  9. Next steps