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EDUCATION & CHILDCARE

School report

Army&You highlights the excellent support that schools worldwide show our military children. This edition, we're heading to Hampshire... How does the school help Service children settle in?

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Alverstoke Church of l England Junior Schoo

Are there any special projects involving Service children?

We are very aware of the needs and the We are part of a community ‘plant a poppy support required for Service children. In for Remembrance’ event and last year two addition to an excellent emotional literacy children laid a wreath on behalf of all Service support assistant, we have a family link families. We host events throughout the year, Location worker who co-ordinates our ‘new arrival but our most successful was our Service ambassador scheme’. We nominate a families’ summer picnic. We received funding class ambassador to show the new child from Forces Live Events CSE and invited 12 f o T around school, encourage them to interact local schools, all who have large numbers N AMOU s il p at playtime and lunchtime and help them of Service children, to attend. CSE provided u Service p settle. The family link worker introduces entertainment and HMS Collingwood themselves to the new family and explains Field Gun, the local police, fire brigade their role, so that should there be any and ambulance service all attended along problems, or the serving parent is deployed, with Armed Forces charities to offer support they have a point of contact. They also speak to the class teacher and answer any questions. The families had a great time and the on a daily basis to ensure the child is settling in and organise small feedback was so positive we are holding a similar event this year. groups, which includes the new child, to play and chat together.

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What practical support do you give Service pupils?

All Service children have a weekly heroes club to attend if they would like. Children are also given the opportunity to share work and photographs with their deployed parent, even if the parent is just away during the week. There’s always the opportunity to chat with an adult or peers and a family can also be put in touch with other organisations who can help if Service life becomes tough. We regularly provide families with information on what’s available in the local area too.

What do the kids think?

One Service child said the support available “makes a sad time a lot happier”.

And the parents?

A parent told us: “We had moved from a school where there were only one or two Service families, so I felt very isolated. The fact that there’s support at Alverstoke and the knowledge that there are other children experiencing the same emotions, has made a recent deployment a lot easier.” &

Is your child’s school going that extra mile to support Service children? Would you like your school to feature in the future? Contact Army&You for details by emailing deped@aff.org.uk

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