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MOD supports tax refunds


n the 8 May 2014, Bridget Edminson, Deputy Director, Head of General Law Division, Central Legal Services, Ministry of Defence confirmed in a letter to RIFT, the UK’s leading tax refund experts, that service personnel can claim tax refunds. This categorically clears up any confusion which our MOD clients may have had about whether they could claim a tax refund. RIFT has spent a lot of time and money fighting for the rights of service personnel and leavers to be able to claim tax refunds and also to make sure that the MOD officially confirmed what we have always known to be the case that MOD service personnel and leavers are eligible to claim tax refunds when they are using or have used their own vehicle to travel to temporary workplaces. Extracts of the official statement from the MOD are below:

Written By: Jan Post, Managing Director of RIFT

“A tax refund may be claimed for the difference between the HMRC allowed rate of £0.45 per mile and the MOD £0.21 per mile tax exempt allowance (i.e. on £0.24 per mile), provided the individual is on temporary duty, as defined by the relevant HMRC legislation, not by MOD policy. Please

accept my reassurances that all of the relevant policy directorates are now aware of this basis for a valid claim for a tax rebate on home to duty mileage, as agreed with HMRC. I hope that the above addresses your concerns and assures you that MOD is not preventing service personnel from submitting claims for tax rebates to HMRC.” Managing Director, Jan Post, established RIFT in 1999 with a view to helping workers get their entitled tax refunds back and is particularly proud to be doing just that on behalf of our Armed Forces. “We have reclaimed over £8 million for service personnel and we don’t want any more personnel missing out on money that’s rightfully theirs.” RIFT can claim back for the last 4 years, which means a first tax refund of typically £2,500 and all refunds are protected by the RIFT Guarantee. With no upfront fees, it’s free to find out if you are due a refund – and there’s no risk. No refund means no charge. To find out if you are due a tax refund, call today on 01233 628648, text RIFT to 80010 or log on to

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PROJECT NOVA: A new hope for Veterans in Norfolk and Suffolk


n a “first of its kind” partnership, Walking with the Wounded, RFEA The Forces Employment Charity, Norfolk and Suffolk Police Force, Anglia Ruskin University and Forces in Mind Trust are working together to support Veterans who have been released from Police Custody.

The initiative, launched in early July this year, known as Project Nova, is an 18-month trial directly led by Walking With the Wounded and RFEA. The trial will provide advice, guidance and support to Veterans using a “Nova Network” of military charities and organisations in Norfolk and Suffolk that can assist Veterans depending on their individual needs. The trial will also be underpinned by an academic evaluation to measure effectiveness and successful outcomes, which will be carried out by Anglia Ruskin University and funded by Forces in Mind Trust. Coordinated by Colin Back, Project Nova will be working very closely with the Norfolk and Suffolk Police Custody Suites to support

and engage with Veterans identified. Colin served in the Army for six years, leaving in 1983; he then went on to serve with Norfolk and Kent Police. In 2011 Colin joined the RFEA charity as a specialist employment consultant, working with Veterans in Prison. Colin has strong links across both counties and actively supports Veterans in the Criminal Justice System, linking them into the military charity network available to them. Colin commented: “The rehabilitation process back into the community is sometimes not an easy one, Veterans deserve all the support they can get – Project Nova will provide assistance, advice and continued support after release from police custody, to both the Veteran and their family, and it is fantastic how supportive Norfolk and Suffolk Police Force have been regarding the project. What makes my job so worthwhile are the emails and cards I get from time-to-time, telling us how much we helped and saying thank you. The word Nova means “new beginnings”, and that’s exactly what we want to help these Veterans achieve”.

WWTW is a UK based charity which funds both the re-training and re-education of wounded servicemen and women, with the aim of helping them find long term employment after they have left the Armed Forces. WWTW are looking at how they can best support the most disadvantaged cohort that are least likely to access support from main stream charities as part of their charitable objective, RFEA also provides support to Veterans across the Criminal Justice System and helps to source sustainable employment opportunities to help Veterans rehabilitate back into the community. The RFEA’s expertise lies in understanding the Veteran and the impact and unique nature of military service. Their position within the military charity community also enables them to be a powerful broker and linker to other charities that may be more appropriate for a client’s need – e.g. housing, life skills, mental health and funded training.

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Blundell’s: A key West Country School


ounded in 1604, Blundell’s School in Devon is an enduring and vital community with a rich history and great appreciation of the need to be modern and move with the times. Due to popular demand, particularly from forces families, this independent co-educational school is extending boarding provision to Years 5 and 6 in the Preparatory School. This exciting development will enable exclusive boarding for younger children in a safe,

friendly environment and means that full and weekly boarding is now available for pupils aged nine to 18 at Blundell’s. Blundell’s is academically strong and the school encourages a genuine love of study and scholarship, perseverance and intellectual inquisitiveness. An average of four pupils a year gain places to Oxbridge and pupils successfully progress to a wide range of courses at the strongest universities. Sport is integral to everyone’s life at Blundell’s. Sporting facilities are excellent with some first class coaches, several of whom have played at the very top of their chosen sport. Many Blundellians represent their county, with a good number also achieving national honours in disciplines as diverse as rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, fives, biathlon and eventing. The creative arts are particularly well catered for at the school: a purpose-built theatre and Music School provide a focus for cultural activities and well-resourced facilities enable pupils to develop their skills in art, design and technology and photography. There is a wealth of clubs and societies allowing pupils to develop interests outside the classroom, ranging from astronomy to fencing, sub

aqua to critical thinking. CCF, the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, Ten Tors and other outdoor pursuits and activities make full use of Devon’s fantastic coast and countryside. The pastoral care at Blundell’s ensures that each individual pupil is known and cared for, with the school forming a strong supportive relationship with the pupil in partnership with parents in order to create the secure and happy environment in which young people can flourish. Blundell’s welcomes forces families and offers an attractive services package. For more information please contact the registrars on 01884 252543, or see the website

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Rewards for Forces offers members of the Forces the opportunity to save between £500 - £1000 annually.


eter Raith launched Rewards for Forces in 2011 after hearing the following story: “I spoke with a Veteran that told me of a time when he was queuing in a shop and he witnessed a student getting discount on their purchases. When it was his turn, the Veteran approached the counter and asked if he would be honoured the same discount as the Student, as he had served in the Forces. He was told no. it was then I knew something had to be done”.

We believe that when one person serves, the whole family serves…

Rewards for Forces is a national discount scheme, offering members of the Forces and their Partners premium discounts and benefits. Rewarding those who have served our country. The UK’s largest discount and benefits website offers fantastic deals, offering money off 1000’s of local and national retailers up and down the country. Perfect for days out, holidays and dining out, this website has an extensive range of savings on their website With over 230,000 members since it’s 2011 launch, Rewards for Forces must be doing something right. You just need to look at their Twitter page to see that there are plenty of satisfied members. One family boasts of saving 20% off their bill at Handmade Burger Co, whilst others have saved on trips to Cadbury world and even £100s on holidays abroad. Servicemen and Women can sign up for free onto the website www.rewardsforforces. and make savings with both local and national discounts. As well as discounts in the UK, Rewards for Forces members can make savings when they travel abroad. In teaming up with both the Australian and Canadian discount sites, Rewards for Forces is proud to offer further offers to its members. Rewards for Forces recognises that Wives and Partners also deserve these benefits so they can also sign up to claim Forces Discounts and make savings. With companies on board such as Alton Towers, LEGOLAND and Eurocampthere are offers to suit the whole family. As well as the free to join site for all online offers, Rewards for Forces offers a Membership Card for a one off payment of £24 which unlocks even more offers that can be redeemed on the high street. Frankie and Bennies, Vue Cinemas and Brantano’s are just a few of the outlets where savings can be made. The cost of the card goes straight back into sourcing new offers, with £5.00 donated straight to Rewards for Forces’ Charity of the Year, Combat Stress. The team at Rewards for Forces may only be small, but their passion for finding the best offers and giving back

to the Armed Forces Community is what drives them. Every day, they work relentlessly, contacting companies throughout the UK to encourage them to give something back. Managing Director Peter Raith explains: “We at Rewards for Forces understand that when one person serves, the whole family serves. Through offering membership to Partners of those serving we believe that they can still benefit and enjoy some savings when times can be tough. With one parent away from home it is important to keep spirits high and we hope that our family oriented deals can be enjoyed in the knowledge that these companies are offering savings as a thanks for all the Forces do”. People who sign up to Rewards for Forces do not just sign up to save. They sign up to be member of the Rewards Family where they debate the hottest topics on the Rewards for Forces Facebook Page and campaign to get more discounts at stores throughout the country. Rewards for Forces members are encouraged to take their card wherever they go and show it with pride. The aim of Rewards for Forces is to get every high street to Reward those who have served our country. To sign up today, or for more information visit or call 01604 647770.

>> Peter Raith, Managing Director at Atlantic Online Media

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To Board or not to Board? This is a difficult decision for most parents, Harry Potter inspired children and after reading the books many are excited and keen to experience the fun and excitement of boarding school.


f you are considering a UK Boarding School for your child contact the experts, Sue Anderson and her team are the education specialists when it comes to UK Boarding Schools.

Preparation and planning is key to ensuring a successful boarding school placement. We all have access to the internet, research can of course be confusing, there is a lot of choice, they all look wonderful and families often do not know where to start. The UK boarding school specialists have visited over 350 UK boarding schools and offer free help and advice

to families, “this first hand knowledge enables us to identify what is special and unique about each school and match this with the needs of each child. The ease and convenience of our special educational service aims to make the search for the best school a stress free experience”. Short listing and visiting three or four schools, is a very important part of the process and a deciding factor in selecting the right school for your child. It is about the people that we meet, these people are going to be a part of your child’s life, this is as important as the beautiful buildings and excellent facilities that these schools offer. “We took the kids off school for a week and flew back to the UK to visit schools. This was a fascinating experience. Never had I seen schools so welcoming and interested in us. We came out of the first school and sat in the car, took a deep breath and went “Wow!” The decision was made there and then, that we would be happy to go to boarding school”. Ian, father of two new boarders. The boarding house parents have a wealth of experience in settling new boarders into their care. Schools are happy to arrange taster days or sleepovers before the new boarder starts and arrange buddies and mentors with current pupils to help them settle quickly. Open lines of communication are encouraged between children and parents; the first point of contact will

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often be the house parents who look after the children in the boarding house. “It’s harder on the parents! Boarding life is structured; the children are kept very busy from the time they are woken until they go to bed. After the school day has finished there are activities, sports training, music lesson, drama rehearsals, prep (homework) and supper, and lots of fun and laughter”. Jane, a Housemistress. Parents of new boarders will often comment on how independent their children have become, they are encouraged to think for themselves and take responsibility - good life skills in preparing for the next step, university and beyond. “Deborah recently came home for half-term; we could not believe how much she had changed in just six short weeks. There was an air of confidence that had been missing before, a real sense of self worth. No more slouched shoulders and lack of eye contact whilst mumbling monosyllabic answers to the simplest questions. She had negotiated the airport successfully and even remembered to pack the correct books to do her holiday homework. I am so pleased we took the plunge and let her do this”. Sharon a Forces Mum. Please check the website for more information


Identifying the right boarding school for your child represents a difficult decision but making the right choice is critical where military children are concerned. King Edward’s Witley is an independent boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 11-18. The School has proven experience of catering for the specific needs of military children and boasts an excellent academic track record combined with compassionate pastoral care that ensures the security and physical / emotional well being of all pupils. An early adopter of the prestigious IB, the School acknowledges the need for alternative routes to university and from 2015, will also offer the new A-level course.

The focus on academic achievement is never over-shadowed by a commitment to providing pupils with a rounded education that includes access to a wide choice of sports / creative activities, as well as instilling a positive value system. The pupil population represents a diverse range of academic / cultural backgrounds encouraging an authentic and supportive community consistent with real life.

Case study: Caroline Fox “We agreed a boarding school education was the best option for our two children due to the moving around customary with a career in the military. Our priorities included identifying a school close to my parents so that if an overseas posting arose, the children could easily visit their grandparents (the school is within walking distance of Witley station, 50 minutes from London), who could also be called upon in the event of any emergency. We also wanted a school which offered an education until the age of 18, which taught boys and girls together. Allowing the two sexes to mix encourages a more natural and happier living environment and in the absence of their parents being directly on hand, I wanted the children to be able to lean on each other for support. We

needed reassurance that the school would offer a broad range of options so that if a child is not academically gifted, they can still do their best at everything without feeling undue pressure. An established boarding school where our children could enjoy participating in weekend activities with their friends, just as they would if they were living at home, was also essential. Excellent pastoral care was imperative and finally school fees had to be taken into consideration. We found King Edward’s to be really reasonable, plus we were impressed to find that there are no hidden extras and uniform costs are included in the fees.”

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Do you need help with your child’s education costs?


ne of the issues which concerns Services parents most is what happens to the education of their children if the military “breadwinner” dies, has to be medically discharged, or otherwise gets into difficulties while serving or even after retirement. Not only will there be a probable need to move house, but finances will be stretched, not to mention the suffering involved. All parents want to do the best for their children, but well laid plans can all too often be adversely affected as years pass when the personal circumstances of Mum and Dad, or children, change, sometimes by personal choice, but all too often as a result of accident or misfortune.

One of the issues which concerns Services parents most is what happens to the education of their children if the military “breadwinner” dies, has to be medically discharged, or otherwise gets into difficulties while serving or even after retirement.

Prince Albert recognized much of this around the time of the Crimea, and persuaded some officers to find a way to provide education for girls orphaned or with a father no longer able to support a house and home. The Trust which was set up for the prurpose purchased land and property in Hampstead, London and set up a boarding home to achieve this. The school on Rosslyn Hill received Royal Approval in 1856 when Queen Victoria became the Patron, and it became the Royal Soldiers’ Daughters Home. From this point on it existed to ‘nurse, board, clothe and educate the female children (orphans or not) of soldiers’. Between 1855 and 1900 over 1300 girls spent their lives at the home. The Home continued to provide much needed assistance in the 20th century, with continuing support from the Army and the royal patrons. In 1946 the name was changed to the Royal Soldiers’ Daughters School. The old buildings were demolished in the 1960s to make way for what was at the time a modern 5 storey building with state of the art accommodation. In 1987 the school was renamed the Royal School Hampstead, and the charter was changed to admit daughters from all 3 Armed Services, and local civilian pupils.

of servicemen and women, both currently serving and retired. Grants are available to those up to the age of 25. Any eligible serving or ex-Service parent can apply for help, either through allocation of a financial grant direct to a school, College or University, or provision of a discounted place, with some top up of funding from the Trust, at one of the 50 Cognita schools in England and Wales. Applications may be submitted at any time, though the Trustees are sensitive to the impact of the normal academic year timetable, and the lead time for school and university admissions. In its first two years of operating in this new form grants have been given to dependents of parents from the RN, RM and Army, of ranks from AB/LCpl to LtCdr/Major, of ages from primary school through to final year university. All details are contained on the Trust website and here may be found the application form also.

Over recent years the pattern of service life has meant that fewer and fewer girls from service families attended the school and, in a change of strategy during 2011, the Trustees received permission from the Charity Commissioners to alter the way they would meet their objectives. They achieved this by ceasing to run a school, but leasing the buildings and site to an educational provider, Cognita, in order to use the rent received from this to make grants. Thus there is now the Royal School Hampstead Trust (RSHT), which exists to assist in funding the education of dependents

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Written By: Colonel Robin Field-Smith, Chairman RSHT


e Royal Hampstead Education Fund DO YOU NEED HELP WITH FEES FOR ANY SCHOOL, COLLEGE, OR UNIVERSITY IN THE UK e Royal Hampstead Education Fund provides nancial assistance to help with the education and training of the dependents (up to the age of 25 years of age) of members or ex-members of the UK Armed Forces For over 150 years we have helped to provide betterment through education for thousands of the needy dependent children of members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force. If you require assistance with fees for any school, college, or university in the UK, please visit our website and follow the steps outlined to have your request considered by our grants committee.

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Leaden Hall School Our girls are successful at winning scholarships to independent schools and gaining entry at 11+ to South Wilts Grammar School • 15% Forces Discount • School Bus Service

Independent Girls School Ages 3 to 11 Day and Boarding Leaden Hall School, 70 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2EP t: 01722 334700 e:

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An opportunity to enjoy a tour of the school and to meet the Head and key staff. To register your interest, please contact our Registrar, Mrs Jo Coveney, on 01403 282 573.

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Half A*-A Grades at Lucton School


uilding even further on the successes of recent years, 50% of all exams taken were A* or A grades, significantly above the national average. Also, 91.3% of the students completing their GCSEs achieved 5 A* to C grades.

>> Caption: 59 A* and A grades between the five of them! L to R: Eve Mackley, James Goodman, Aidan Berry, Josh Gladwin and Andrew Niblett. Lucton School pupils have also achieved excellent value-added scores. The results of this cohort fully endorse Lucton’s ambition to enable every pupil to achieve their full potential.

grades. I am particularly pleased with the consistency of our top grades and yet again, I am extremely proud of Lucton’s performance in the sciences. We have a 100% pass rate in the separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and 67% of these results were either A* or A grades. These are subjects that universities value particularly highly and the Lucton’s Headmistress, Mrs Gill Thorne, is statistics are quite remarkable, also, for the delighted by the results. “Being a mixed second year running, Chemistry achieved ability school, we are used to variable results, 100%Page A* to1B.” EducationfortheMilitary_afjone08 25/10/2013 16:32 but any school would be proud of these

Lucton School is hosting an Open Evening on Thursday 2nd October from 4.30pm. For more information call 01568 78200 or email

LUCTON SCHOOL Building on tradition Flourishing on innovation

Set in beautiful rural West Midlands countryside, Lucton School offers outstanding educational, sporting and extra-curricular opportunities to boys and girls from Pre Prep to A level. Lucton is currently home to many forces children and offers a happy, family environment. Please a copy of the prospectus.

• Excellent results • Sixth Form Centre • Sport for all • Equestrian Centre • Combined Cadet Force BURSARIES FOR FORCES CHILDREN


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CCF is an T integral part of our Dukies’ educational experience

he Duke of York’s Royal Military School views the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) as an integral part of its educational offer because of the incredible opportunities it provides. The School’s CCF is staffed by personnel who have a range of military service (Regular, Reserve and Cadet Force) and the Officer Commanding, Regimental Sergeant Major and Training Major are members of the School’s Senior Leadership Team.

Students choose Army, Navy or Air Force All students in Years 9 to 13 take part in CCF. They undergo a general introduction to the CCF and complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award in Year 9. In Year 10, they conduct training specific to the service arm of their choice (Army, Navy or Air Force). In Y11 they undergo a leadership cadre to prepare them for their Sixth form roles as non- commissioned officers (in ranks ranging from Lance Corporal through to Regimental Sergeant Major).

Training in the air, on land or at sea As far as specific training is concerned, we follow the programmes laid down in the Cadet Forces syllabuses. Army training focuses on field craft and the skills required by an infantry soldier. Because of the size of our CCF, we are able to practice these skills at both section and platoon level. Royal Naval cadets have the opportunity to sail in our sailing boats in Dover Harbour. Expert tuition is provided. Royal Air Force cadets study the principal of flight and have the opportunity to fly at RAF Wyton’s Air Experience Flight. The School is set in 150 acres of land which can be used by the CCF. This includes a 9 acre area which is used for field tactics. We are lucky to have an indoor shooting range, an outdoor shooting range and a climbing wall, all of which is integrated into our training.

Benefits of CCF The benefits of being part of CCF for students include having membership of a nationally recognised youth leadership organisation. The award of ranks and the skills and qualifications gained are of huge individual benefit and are seen as a mark of merit by universities and employers. There is also the opportunity to access courses and activities within the Cadet organisation which are outside of the School.

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[ CCF SCHOOLS ] opportunities and teamwork experiences of being in the CCF transferable to their own individual career pathways.

The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme All students at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School have access to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. All pupils in Year 9 take the Bronze Award and the Silver and Gold award programmes are open to students in Years 9 to 13. Cadets have access to many qualifications through a vast array of Cadet Force funded courses on offer such as Royal Marines leadership, kayaking, climbing, walking, skiing and shooting courses.

military marching and band training while most Royal Air Force cadets have had the opportunity to fly at No5 AEF at RAF. Some have gone on to obtain gliding scholarship blue wings in piloting. There is also a very popular Adventurous Training camp held annually at Okehampton on Dartmoor.

CCF Camp

>> Archery CCF Camp Crowborough Some of our former students have pursued careers within the armed forces and have found their time in the CCF invaluable. Similarly, those who do not choose a service career have found the leadership PRIDE

Annual CCF summer camp always creates good memories for Year 10 and Year 12 Army cadets. Here, they undergo a skills package provided by the regional Cadet Training Teams which confirms the military training that has been undertaken in the year. It can also include other activities such as paint balling, laser quest, survival training and other diverse options. Royal Navy cadets have the opportunity to attend an array of courses which are as varied as sailing and sub-aqua diving through to

>> Assault Course CCF Camp Crowborough


An independent school style education at an affordable price The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a full state boarding academy for children aged 11 to 18. Historically established for military families, we now welcome applications from any student who wants to study at our unique school with its strong military ethos and traditions. The School has recently been graded Good in all areas by Ofsted.

Why study with us? • We are in the top 100 non-selective state schools for GCSE results. DfE 2013/14 • Every student is actively encouraged to achieve the very best they can - developing their self-confidence, teamwork and

“One of the strongest parts of the Dukie community is having your friends around you all the time. One of my proudest moments of being a Dukie was watching the school marching band play the anthem for the England rugby team at Twickenham.” Bryony Y13

leadership skills while living and studying in a friendly and supportive community.

• Our military ethos, ceremonial parades and Combined Cadet Force will help your child to develop essential life skills including character and resilience.

• They will enjoy an active independent school lifestyle with sport, music, drama and activities all playing a key role while studying for their GCSEs and A Levels.

• Our £24.9 million School refurbishment will be completed by September 2014.

Your child will benefit from purposebuilt classrooms, a new Sports Centre, new and refurbished boarding houses, and a drama studio.

For 2014/15 our fees are £3,665 per term. We are competitively priced because the education is free. Please call us to arrange a hosted tour of the School.

Open Day, 4 October Contact us for details Tel: 01304 245073

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Family holiday breaks


he Royal British Legion provides families of serving and ex-Service personnel the chance to take a week-long break and get away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

We offer holidays between Easter and the school half-term each year, which usually run from Friday to Friday. Our Break Centres in Bridlington, Southport, Portrush and WestonSuper-Mare as well as some of the UK’s top holiday providers, aim to give families a week of fun, activities, exciting day-trips and memorable experiences, all in traditional British seaside resorts. Unwind and take life as it comes, perhaps venture out and about to explore the many attractions of the local area or spend a lazy day at the beach - all our centres are located on the sea front close to town centres. Most importantly you will have time to be together. Each Break Centre package includes six night’s full board accommodation, free

activities and entertainment, with travel to and from the centres also included. Breaks at Parkdean Holiday Parks and Haven Holiday Parks provide seven nights mobile home accommodation with a programme of daytime and evening entertainment and food vouchers to use in the onsite catering outlets. Here we’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions:

Where can I go? The Legion owns and operates four Break Centres (equivalent to high-standard, hotel-style accommodation) in England and Northern Ireland, and we also make use of Parkdean and Haven holiday parks around the UK, and they’re all near the coast.

What’s included/How much does it cost? We aim to provide a free holiday that should only require a minimum amount of spending money. The Legion does assist, where possible, with the cost of food and transport.

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Who can go? The Legion can assist those who are Serving or who have Served in the UK Armed Forces, along with their dependents and carers. Some restrictions apply.

I’ve applied for a Legion Family Holiday - what happens next? Once your application has been approved the Poppy Breaks Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible to assist in organising your holiday. Essentially, we’ll confirm what date you’d like to go away, which location and any specific requirements your family may have. For further information on how to apply for a Family Holiday Break, call our helpline on 0808 802 8080 or visit


EQUIPPED FOR LIFE Our onsite Adventure Centre allows us unrivalled opportunity to integrate exciting and challenging activities with planned academic delivery. To book a place on an Open Morning or to arrange a visit, please contact Vanessa Bowles, Director of Admissions 01822 813193 Prep Open Morning Friday 10th October 2014 Senior School Open Day Saturday 11th October 2014

Mount Kelly Parkwood Road Tavistock PL19 0HZ


Cobham Hall:

Valuing experiential education and helping to nurture talent in every aspect of learning


here is much to be said for placing a dyslexic child in a mainstream school if the school has an appropriate specialist dyslexic unit to support their needs - an increasingly common provision at many independent schools. One such school is Cobham Hall in Kent, a day and boarding school for girls aged 11 to 18. “The real advantage of having high quality support in mainstream schools is that it gives the pupil access to the curriculum in its fullest sense,” says Mrs Diana Rabot, head of Cobham Hall’s Student Support Department which offers individually tailored learning programmes to girls to supplement and compliment their timetable of mainstream classes.

I think that high quality dyslexia support should express the view that dyslexia or any other specific learning difficulty for that matter - is really a learning difference rather than a difficulty.

“But it’s not only about having access to the curriculum,” continues Mrs Rabot, herself a specialist dyslexic teacher. “It’s also about being included in all aspects of school life and being recognised as contributing to the whole school community. Often it is our dyslexic students who really shine in areas such as Music, Drama, Art or Photography. “High quality support recognises their strengths, gives them alternative ways of showing their knowledge and empowers them to participate and be recognised for their strengths.” The school’s recently graduated Guardian (Head Girl), Isla, is a case in point. She achieved an impressive International Baccalaureate Diploma score, including full marks in Photography, and led the school’s Student Leadership Team, all while receiving support for dyslexia. She commented that the school had helped her to see her dyslexia from a different perspective.

“Society has really moved on in the way that it views learning differences and we have a moral duty to ensure that all pupils are equally valued,” she says. “Another advantage of having high quality dyslexia support in a mainstream setting,” adds Mrs Rabot, “is that subject teachers also feel supported in how they teach and support dyslexic learners - ideally the communication here between what goes on in the classroom and any specialist teaching needs to be seamless and pupils need the opportunity to practise strategies in the classroom that allow them to be independent. “One of the things I really like to hear from my learners is: ‘Thanks but I can do this on my own now’!”

“The difference between when I started at Cobham Hall and now is huge,” she said.

Quite apart from the obvious advantage of being able to keep dyslexic and non-dyslexic siblings together in the same school, schools like Cobham Hall offer a huge range of extracurricular activities in which children with learning differences can shine, displaying their full range of abilities.

“The biggest thing is confidence. When I came I had little self-confidence or self-belief. I studied lots of interesting subjects and began to enjoy school again. I found other ways to gain courage to try things.”

Cobham Hall has a particular advantage as a member of Round Square, with an ethos which values experiential education and helps to nurture talent in every aspect of learning.

Mrs Rabot also makes an important point about how dyslexia support in a mainstream environment can have a positive impact on the perception of dyslexia in society as a whole.

“In essence, it is all about the pupil achieving their full potential and going on to do what they want to do, in an environment that allows them to shine - be that university, apprenticeship schemes or going directly into employment,” says Mrs Rabot.

“I think that high quality dyslexia support should express the view that dyslexia - or any other specific learning difficulty for that matter - is really a learning difference rather than a difficulty. One of the real privileges of teaching dyslexic learners is seeing a different brain at work!

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“Cobham Hall has allowed me to approach my dyslexia from a different angle.� Isla, Guardian (Head Girl)

Cobham Hall is a small mainstream boarding and day school for girls, aged 11 to 18, with a CReSTeD accredited Learning Support Department. Discounts available for Services families.

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Hesley Group celebrates the 1st anniversary of its Independent Specialist College provision


n September this year, Wilsic Hall and Fullerton House Independent Specialist Colleges, of the Hesley Group, celebrate their first anniversary. Both are based near Doncaster and together offer comprehensive care, support and enablement, delivered through a wide range of activities and opportunities, for young people, aged 19-25, with complex needs, generally in association with autism and a learning disability, with the aim of facilitating their sustainable progress through the challenging period of transition to adulthood. Richard Webster, Head of Education at the colleges (or “college” as the overall provision is described), identifies the biggest success of the past year as the increased independence young people have gained over this time. Richard and Annamarie Sables, the Registered Care Manager for the college, note the importance of taking measured risks to

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enable young people to achieve a “cautious reduction of dependence”. They agree it can be easier to be overprotective, than to encourage young people to learn through trying new activities and managing new situations for themselves. It is often tempting – but less helpful in the longer term - to “step in”, than to take a judicious “step back”, they say. Staff enthusiasm, consistency, expertise and experience, have all been vital as has a small team approach, with care, education and clinical staff working together closely and cohesively. The flexibility of staffing has also been key, with provision designed around the needs of individual young people, with a strong emphasis on recognising the whole person, rather than focusing particularly on diagnostic “labels”. Shifts have been extended to 11pm, for example, to facilitate ageappropriate activity. Some elements of college provision are very much based on established Hesley approaches. All new staff undergo the full Hesley three week induction, which includes initial training in the Hesley Enhancing Lives Programme (HELP), an ethical, enabling approach to care and support, based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis and of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), which originates from Cornell University in New York and is an internationally recognised approach to positive behaviour support. Ongoing training, including in HELP, has a strong focus in Hesley. Specific extra training is provided for college staff, geared to this service and those who use it, with bespoke social skills

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and other task-orientated packages as part of this, aimed at supporting staff to enable young people in optimal ways. In getting provision right for young people, Richard Webster sees education as “a tool for breaking fundamental life stuff down into small steps”. Skills training for life at home and outside; the development of “work pathways”, which help equip young people progressively for employment; and travel training - to facilitate safe travel which is as independent as possible - are all examples of this approach. Personal safety training is also an important foundation. Some young people have already shown remarkable and sometimes unexpected progress. One has started to talk at the age of 20, in particular response it seems to immersion in a work environment, where others around him are talking and “bantering” all the time. Another has managed her anxiety much better than ever before, which has allowed her to enjoy and fully participate in a work experience, in a way that would have previously been considered too risky. Both Annamarie and Richard emphasise the importance of not making assumptions about what a person can and cannot achieve. It seems clear, that aside from individual elements of provision, the college service has a very strong human foundation of experience and expertise – and also care, commitment, hard work, passion and intuition. A very strong basis, hopefully, for a long and positive future!

HESLEY HELPED ME TO HELP MYSELF. We’re one of the UK’s leading independent providers of residential services, schools and colleges supporting people with autism and complex needs. Our highly trained staff provide the highest quality, person-centred approach. Giving those who use our services the support, skills and tools they need to be as independent as possible. Our unique Hesley Enhancing Lives Programme (HELP) is a big part of this. Combining the latest techniques and practices, HELP is our successful value-based positive behaviour support programme. Based on the principles of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention which is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities, HELP reduces the need for highrisk interventions by taking an empathic and proactive approach. We focus on how our actions can positively shape the emotional well-being of all those who use our services. It’s why all our staff are given HELP training to make sure it works in practice as well as theory. Find out more about the Hesley Enhancing Lives Programme visit or call us 0800 055 6789.

Established in 1975, Hesley Group, through its schools and colleges support 8 to 25 year olds with a highly experienced and expert multidisciplinary educational, care and therapeutic staff resource, in high quality purpose built settings. We’re focused on positive outcomes and progress towards sustainable independence.


Wanting to pursue a career in IT with the grounding of a relevant degree, Pete Flann chose to join Oxford Brookes when he left the Army. with Cambridgeshire based Jagex, a multiaward winning computer games developer and publisher, the UK’s largest independent business in this field. If you study computing at Oxford Brookes, you will encounter state-of-the-art technologies - such as robotics and computer vision - and develop a wide range of cognitive, practical, analytical, creative and professional skills. Computing, digital media and communication technologies are fast paced and exciting disciplines that thrive on innovation and have the potential to change the world. To be an effective practitioner in these areas requires the ability to stay up to date with rapidly changing technologies and have the competence to apply these technologies effectively. Our courses are specifically designed to enable you to become an agile adopter of new technologies and will equip you with the professional skills, techniques and ways of thinking needed to pursue a successful career.

>> Pete Flann in his new job with Cambridgeshire based Jagex


uring the six years that Pete served with the Royal Corps of Signals, his job ranged from providing satellite communications to outreach detachments and supporting troops on the ground, to providing regional headquarters with all their communication needs. He decided to leave the army to pursue the goal of attaining a degree, a goal which the army was unable to support. He was selected to join the Oxford University Officer Training Corps which, Pete says, “enabled me to still do the bits of the army that I loved whilst being at university.” Pete joined Brookes as a mature student to study for a degree in Computer Science and Network Computing, with a mixture of relevant experience and qualifications he had obtained whilst in trade training with

the army. Of his time at Brookes Pete says, “The discipline and motivation that had been etched into me whilst serving in the Royal Signals and overseas operations enabled me to balance my course work, lectures and a part time job in IT for a small consultancy firm, giving me the experience and edge over other candidates when looking for a full-time job”, and that the firm he worked for was “really understanding and flexible around my studies.” Pete feels that the skills he has obtained at Brookes have prepared him for the commercial world of IT. The mix of practical and theory modules enabled him to gain a better understanding of how businesses work and how to implement IT projects. He is on course to graduate in the summer of 2015 and has recently secured a new job

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We place a strong emphasis on developing an inclusive learning and research community. We work to integrate our world-leading research with our teaching so that students become engaged with the leading edge of their discipline. Our new Cognitive Robotics Laboratory, for example, will enable students to apply what they are learning about programming to the control of sophisticated robots. Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. Our graduates tell us that the relevance of our courses and the skills they’ve learnt enable them to achieve their goals and build their careers. In addition our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses.

[ UNIVERSITIES ] These are the computing and digital media courses we offer: Computing foundation: This is a one-year full-time course which prepares you for undergraduate study.

Undergraduate degree courses • Audio Engineering and Music Production BSc • Computer Science BSc • Computing for Robotic Systems BSc (subject to validation) • Digital Media Production BSc • Information Technology Management for Business BSc • Network Computing BSc • Software Development for Business BSc

Postgraduate degree courses • Computing MSc/PGDip/PGCert • Computer Vision MSc/PGDip/PGCert • Software Engineering MSc/PGDip/PGCert • Mobile and High Speed Telecommunication Networks MSc/PGDip/PGCert • Mobile and Wireless Communications MSc/ PGDip/PGCert • eBusiness MSc • Digital Media Production MSc

>> Four post rig in operation

>> Engineering students at Autosport 2014

If your interest tends more towards mechanical or automotive engineering or mathematics, we have a host of popular courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to tempt you. In all these programmes, which are developed in conjunction with industry, we aim to equip our students with the specialist knowledge and skills, experience of latest technology and specialist software packages and to develop as individuals so as to leave them in the best position to compete in the employment market. This is recognised by many employers, especially in Formula 1, who recruit a significant number of our graduates.

Undergraduate degree courses

Whether your passion is road cars, race cars, great engineering design, probabilistic concepts or algorithms, then studying one of our courses will help you to realise your ambitions. Our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities. Many go on to pursue successful careers with leading engineering and technology companies including major automotive and motorsport companies. Inherent in all our activity is the value we place on partnerships with business and industry, because it not only helps us to do better teaching and research and provide learning opportunities, such as student dissertations, but it also allows us to add value back into the economy.

New course

Teaching takes place in our purpose-built £9m facility which is well equipped and the envy of many local organisations. It creates an environment in which technical expertise is enhanced by creativity and imagination. This promotes a friendly, close knit community of staff and students with excellent student support staff and facilities close at hand. These are the engineering and mathematics courses we offer:

>> Baxter and the Nao twins, research robots at Brookes

• Automotive Engineering BEng/MEng • Mathematical Sciences BSc • Mathematics BSc • Mechanical Engineering BEng/MEng/BSc • Motorsport Engineering BEng/MEng • Motorsport Technology BSc

Postgraduate degree courses • Automotive Engineering MSc • Mechanical Engineering MSc • Motorsport Engineering MSc • Racing Engine Design MSc

We have just introduced a Postgraduate Certificate course in Data Visualisation and Modelling. This part-time course is designed primarily for mid-career professionals working in mathematical modelling and data analysis. It is also possible to study any of the three modules of this course on a stand-alone basis, as an associate student of the university. At Oxford Brookes we realise that not everyone has the opportunity or time to study full-time, especially if they need to work to support themselves and, maybe, a family as well. Pete says he has been able to “balance my course work, lectures and a part time job in IT, giving me the experience and edge over other candidates when looking for a full-time job”. To find out how a degree from Oxford Brookes could make the difference to your future, visit for mechanical engineering and mathematics courses or for computing and communications programmes.

Engineering foundation: This is a one-year full-time course which prepares you for undergraduate study.

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Bournemouth University: Sun, sand, sea and study


hy study Engineering?

Engineering UK’s 2014 report tells us that engineering now accounts for 24.5% of the turnover of all enterprises in the UK. The report also tells us that to reduce the current gap between the supply of engineering skills and the demands of industry & manufacturing the UK will need around 87,000 graduate level engineers per year over the next ten years. And if you need more convincing, there’s the Sunday Times report (May 2012) which ranks BU engineering graduates as the second highest earners in the UK six months after graduation, with an average salary of £38,095!

Studying at BU has been a very exciting and stimulating experience, and I am looking forward to applying the knowledge in new and challenging environments.

Why study with us? Bournemouth University is based on the south coast and is recognised as one of the most innovative universities in the UK; bringing together professional practice and academic excellence. To help meet the demand for skilled engineers, BU has developed a course leading to the award of Masters in Engineering in conjunction with the Engineering Council. This coveted MEng award also carries accreditation by the Engineering Council and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), and fully meets the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. As you would expect from the university that has more students on a work placement than any other university in England, our full-time course has excellent industry links, and an optional one year placement. If you have already have studied to Foundation Degree level in an Engineering discipline and/or are working full time in an engineering job then you can complete your studies to either the BEng or MEng levels on an on-line distance learning basis. Our final year exhibition, the Festival of Design & Innovation (, is recognised by industry as a showcase for the skills and talents of our graduates. Many students are offered positions as a direct result of exhibiting at the show. Find out more about our courses online:

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>> David Maw at the Festival of Design & Innovation

Case study: DAVID MAW Background:

I have completed successful operational tours in an infantry role, where it was necessary to inspire and lead teams of soldiers in stressed, demanding, and hazardous conditions. I have always been keen to develop my potential as an engineer, and have taken every opportunity to gain knowledge and experience.

The course:

I have broadened my engineering knowledge in areas that include engineering design, materials, manufacturing processes, production methods, and project management. My projects whilst on the course have included wind turbine blade design, tidal energy generation and composite vehicles.

Highlights included winning a Dyson design competition for innovation in 2010 and reaching the finals of the Undergraduate of the Year award in 2013. Placement experience:

My placement involved work as a commercial structural engineer using Autodesk and Solidworks Finite Element Analysis software to model, analyse and optimise structures.

The future:

Studying at BU has been a very exciting and stimulating experience, and I am looking forward to applying the knowledge in new and challenging environments.

Take a practical approach to your future with an accredited Engineering degree from BU Our modern technical workshops have industry standard equipment and state-of-the-art rapid prototyping and manufacturing facilities Industrial work placements are a feature of most courses Relevant courses are accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Engineering Council

Courses at all levels starting every September: Foundation degrees FdEng Engineering (Manufacturing Management) FdEng Engineering (Mechanical Design) FdEng Engineering (Electronic Design) Undergraduate degrees MEng / BEng Engineering (full-time, part-time/ distance learning) BSc (Hons) Design Engineering BSc (Hons) Software Engineering Master’s degrees MSc Mechanical Engineering Design MSc Engineering Project Management

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Written By: Perran James, TQ Education and Training.


any of you within the Armed Forces, it is fair to say, have received the highest quality training and education there is and it is frustrating that so much of this is sadly not recognised the other side of the wire by civilian employers, although I am now led to believe that there are plans to address this to some extent. When you leave the Armed Forces, it is vitally important that you demonstrate on your CV, a selection of transferable skills and vocational qualifications because employers very much expect applicants to ‘hit the ground running’ these days with the skills and qualifications needed to do the job.

How many younger members of the Armed Forces leave school with virtually nothing in the way of qualifications and are now leaving after serving the minimum length of service, with little to show for their time?

Tips on how to gain civilian recognised vocational qualifications I sadly meet so many people who leave it far too late before realising they need these skills and qualifications before leaving the Armed Forces and this often results in periods of unemployment during job searching, coupled with the demoralising experience of being cast aside at the application stage. How many younger members of the Armed Forces leave school with virtually nothing in the way of qualifications and are now leaving after serving the minimum length of service, with little to show for their time? The likelihood is that they will struggle to gain employment, particularly as statistics recognise that just over a million young people between the ages of 16 to 24 are unemployed or not in education. I work for TQ, a company who has been working closely with the Armed Forces for many years, providing high quality training and vocational qualifications. The vocational qualifications we offer the Armed Forces we do not offer to anyone else and as a result these courses are endorsed and very heavily discounted for Armed Forces personnel and their dependents. We are a passionate team of individuals who are fully aware of the challenges the civilian jobs market offers. Using this passion, drive and commitment, we want to help those personnel and their dependants succeed in achieving the vocational qualifications and workplace skills needed to succeed in securing employment on civvy street or for progressing through the ranks. We have helped large numbers of personnel in the past and continue to do so with great success and this is something we feel very strongly and passionately about. Offering a wide range of vocational and knowledge based courses including NVQs, ITQ, ILM, Driver CPC, ITSSAR Counterbalance Forklift truck , we are certain there is a course which will appeal to you; we also routinely

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introduce new courses based on the feedback we encourage. All military personnel are encouraged to commit to professional and personal development and the Armed Forces incentivises this commitment by not only subsidising the course fees but also offering £175 of Standard Learning Credits annually, which can be used to reduce short term course fees by as much as 80%. The course fees are a fraction of the equivalent civilian course fees, offering exceptional value for money. As an assessor and someone who strives to help those individuals who want to help themselves, I cannot stress the importance of ensuring you not only give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding in the civilian jobs market but to also ensure you are a viable and attractive resource to any potential employer. So in summary, utilise your time in the Armed Forces to get as many civilian recognised qualifications on your CV that you can, especially as they are so attractively priced. You may still have a number of years to serve but I say, “there is no time like the present”. Use your Standard Learning Credits to reduce the course fees for short term courses like NVQs, ECDL, ITQ and ILM and your Enhanced Learning Credits for more expensive, longer term courses. And above all, take the time and if necessary seek advice to ensure you have created the perfect CV which is going to impress and demonstrate that you are a potential asset that no employer can afford not to consider. If you want to know more, then please feel free to email me at


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Advice for service leavers looking to enter the field of Close Protection

• Possessing the necessary interpersonal skills. • Teamwork. • Reconnaissance. • How to apply on-foot protection drills. • Route planning and selection. • How to drive tactically and defensively. • Search procedures. • How to deal with incidents and dilemmas. • How to apply venue, location and travel security. • Communication & Conflict Management. • Physical Intervention skills As important as these skills are, they do not cover the basic skills and drills required to operate as a HECPO, which is why the Perseus Academy designed a customised “fit for purpose” course that prepares ex soldiers before deployment covering the following essential subjects: • Introduction to working in a Hostile Environment as a HECPO • Pre-deployment requirements: admin, kit & equipment. • Cultural Awareness – absolutely vital in generating freedom of movement! • Actions On – vehicle and on-foot protective anti-ambush drills. • Reaction to trauma & medical crisis in a hostile environment including medevac, casevac and casualty extrication procedures. • Safe weapon handling skills. • Rules for the Use of Force and Graduated Response.


urrent trends show that a high proportion of service leavers end up on the Hostile Environment Close Protection (HECP) ‘Circuit’, employed by any one of the many Private Security Companies (PSCs). That being the case, many of you may wonder what is the point of doing a Close Protection (CP) Course in the first place if service leavers can get a job on the HECP Circuit purely on the strength of their military experience?

Whilst the more reputable PSCs recognize the importance of using operators with an HECP specific qualification, there are still those who are quite happy just to get ‘boots on the ground’ to fulfill contractual obligations, regardless of quality. Of course, these PSCs will insist that their CPOs are more than capable of providing “adequate” protection to their clients. In my experience however, it is becoming more and more

apparent that few former soldiers, regardless of military experience, are able to “hit the ground running” as a HECPO. There is much more to becoming a HECPO than simply being a combat experienced soldier, particularly given the increasingly complex environments in which they now find themselves operating and the presence of an International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service providers (ICOC PSSP). First of all you are a non-combatant and are there to provide security for your Principal in exactly the same way as on the Executive Protection Circuit in London, governed entirely by the local laws and regulations. That said, it is still the case that all of the basic or ‘soft’ skills taught on a Level 3 CP course do still apply in HECP as follows: • Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of a CPO. • How to assess threats and risk. • Surveillance skills (Counter & Anti). • Operational Planning skills. • Understanding law and legislation.

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In the past, those hired on Government funded contracts were afforded what has now become the luxury of an induction course. Newly hired HECPOs would spend a week or more being taught the basic skills by a dedicated training team experienced in that particular field of operation. This is increasingly rare since the majority of contracts today are commercial contracts in the Oil & Gas industry. Many will argue you receive ‘on-the-job’ training! This “training” however tends to be very limited, largely comprising of the new guy being put behind the wheel of a 4-ton, top-heavy B6 Level armoured car with an AK47 rifle that he has not had an opportunity to zero, test fire or clean, and then being asked to escort a highly-skilled and valuable oil field worker to his place of work. Not best practice! Now that Western military operations in the Middle East have largely ceased and overall security and control of the country has been handed back entirely to the local security forces, Western PSCs no longer have the ability to call upon coalition forces to come to the rescue. A HECP team can find themselves very much alone when faced with an attack.


Selecting the best quality course you can afford will give you the best chance of being able to protect clients, teammates and yourself in all environments and situations.

This is why it is vital to be properly trained prior to deployment. Furthermore, at Perseus we believe that each HECPO must have some understanding of planning and executing a security operation, and not just the Team Leader (TL). This ensures that every operator we train has the ability to ‘step up’ if so required and helps mitigate the risks posed by a determined attack or insurgency. A good quality HECP course will also offer the training necessary for those who will be or who wish to be TLs, giving them the enhanced skills required to liaise effectively with clients and maintain the capabilities and welfare of his or her team at all times. As explained earlier, training is now considered a luxury in the time and cash strapped world of commercial industry clients, so it is unlikey that operators will receive formal TL training once they enter the workplace. Deploying CPOs in a complex hostile environment without formal and specific training is dangerous for Principals and HECPOs alike. With lives very much at risk, it is not an area in which to take short cuts. However, with the likelihood that time and resources are not being allocated to vital team training on commercial contracts, the onus is very much upon the prospective CPO to identify and attend a reputable “fit

for purpose” induction/pre-deployment course. In doing so they should ensure that it is delivered by experienced and current HECPO Instructors providing relevant field training of the sort that cannot be delivered by powerpoint. Selecting the best quality course you can afford will give you the best chance of being able to protect clients, teammates and yourself in all environments and situations.

Written By: Steve Lambert SAC-Dip, Operations Director Perseus Risk Management (An Omni Group Company)

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Military To Private Sector Contracting: 5 Tips for Success Written By: Shem Klimiuk, President of Atmospherics Unlimited Worldwide


hether planning to separate at the end of your enlistment or approaching retirement after a long military career, you may be considering working as a private contractor abroad for your next career move. Former service members are attractive candidates for many companies looking to recruit for overseas positions in security, communications, intelligence, engineering, construction, etc. As the founder of Atmospherics Unlimited, a security consulting and project facilitation firm that specializes in supporting clients in hostile areas, I have myself transitioned from military service to private contracting to running my own company. I can attest that working abroad as a contractor does have its challenges, but can be extremely rewarding if you follow my tips below:

1. Perform thorough due diligence on prospective companies Last month, an ISO28007 accredited maritime security company went bankrupt and closed its doors virtually overnight, leaving hundreds of foreign contractors literally at sea. While I wouldn’t say these situations are common, they happen regularly enough that before you sign any contract, investigate: • Status of the company’s financial health and if they are involved in any major litigation • Who their partners and subsidiaries are • How current and former employees rate the company (e.g. check; ask around)

2. Make sure you get all promised compensation/benefits Read your contract carefully and make sure that all verbal agreements pertaining to remuneration, benefits, and reimbursables appear in writing. Having an employment attorney review the contract for potential red flags is also a good idea. Before you get on the plane request copies of all health and insurance plans (including MEDEVAC), especially if you will be working in a hostile area of operations.

3. Consider your work/life balance

>> Company founders, Erin Steele and Shem Klimiuk, in Kabul, Afghanistan

I am extremely fortunate that my wife is also my business partner. We started Atmospherics Unlimited together in Kabul with a shared vision for where we wanted to take the company and a mutual understanding of the hardships that come from working abroad, often in hostile areas. Our situation is unusual though; most contractors spend long periods of time away from their loved ones and the stress of being

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gone for extended periods can take its toll on families, especially if the job takes you to dangerous places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, etc.

4. Don’t stagnate professionally You will gain a lot of experience as a contractor, but it is also easy to stagnate professionally once you get comfortable with a particular type of job. Do not neglect your professional development. It’s up to you to continue your education, learn new skills, gain additional accreditations, and/ or routinely seek out new jobs outside your comfort zone.

5. Have long-term plans and goals Professional development is vital because you WILL have a life after contracting. I have seen many older contractors left in the lurch because they eventually lost the mental or physical capacity to do their jobs effectively but had nothing else to go into. This particularly applies to anyone considering a job in armed security: you will need a longterm plan for progression into less physicallydemanding security jobs and/or have an exit strategy that allows you to transition into another career field. This includes having your finances in order. The vast majority of contractors will eventually want to give up the contractor lifestyle and find a job or retire closer to home, so make sure that you save a significant amount of your earnings and remain tax compliant while abroad.

About the author:

Shem Klimiuk is a former Australian Defence Force member, with extensive experience in security, risk management, peacekeeping operations, and development project implementation in conflict and post-conflict zones throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety:

The NEBOSH name is a mark of excellence in the field of health and safety and our NEBOSH National General Certificate is one of our most widely recognised qualifications

A globally recognised health and safety qualification held by more than 150,000 people in the UK and worldwide.


Bookings are now being taken for Nebosh General Certificate course starting November 2014 at our venue in Hartlepool. The course cost of £1200 includes 10 study days, all registration and exam fees, course materials, study guide and an optional revision day. For more information on this and future courses or to reserve your place, please use the email below or give our friendly team a call. Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter - @atrainings

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any people take the NEBOSH National General Certificate because it gives them the skills and know-how to fulfil their health and safety responsibilities. For others, it’s a first step towards a life-long career in occupational safety and health. Some take the Certificate because it’s what their employer expects, while others simply want to learn something new and interesting that’s useful vocationally. For some, the NEBOSH National General Certificate is a first step towards a career as a health and safety professional. For others, it forms part of an important set of qualifications that will bring them success and advancement in whatever field they choose. Whatever your reason, you’re certain to benefit from holding one of the most widely recognised health and safety qualifications in the world.

The NEBOSH name is a mark of excellence in the field of health and safety and our NEBOSH National General Certificate is one of our most widely recognised qualifications. It’s a qualification over 150,000 people are proud to have achieved. Whether health and safety is your main responsibility, or just a part of what you do, the NEBOSH National General Certificate will give you vital knowledge to help you perform better in your role at work. It covers the main legal requirements for safety in the UK, a range of workplace hazards, and methods of control. The NEBOSH National General Certificate also includes a practical workplace assessment, to help you apply your learning at work and to add value for your employer. To find out more about our Nebosh, First Aid, Teaching and Healthcare courses and how we can support you, give us a call and have a chat with our team.


Advice on working in the security industry after the forces


f you are considering a career in the Security Industry, below is some information that will hopefully keep you one step ahead of the taxman!

Never ignore correspondence from HMRC;

Your tax will be your OWN responsibility; when you start work in the Security Industry most companies state that you have to deal with your own tax responsibilities, this means that you will have to submit a self-assessment tax return to HMRC every year before the deadline to avoid fines. If the outcome is that you owe any tax it will have to be paid to HMRC before the deadline to prevent interest & fines being added to your account.

Common Mistakes made:

There are only a small number of companies that will take you on a PAYE basis, i.e. pay your PAYE tax & NIC.

• Setting up an overseas bank account to keep your money safe, HMRC now have the powers to investigate these accounts.

What if I don’t tell the taxman anything?? That isn’t a wise decision, HMRC have investigation teams & if you are found to have not declared your income then you can receive large fines & possibly face legal action. Also if you have paid too much tax in the past you won’t get it back if you don’t do anything.

• Not saving money for a tax bill, you should always expect to have a tax bill. We generally advise that you put 20-30% of your income away to cover any potential tax bill.

If you receive any letters or bills from HMRC & you are unsure why then either contact them direct & ask for advice, or if you have an accountant call them.

if you receive any letters or bills from HMRC & you are unsure why then either contact them direct & ask for advice, or if you have an accountant call them.

• Listening to know it all’s, unfortunately we all know someone who thinks they know everything about tax, how to deal with the taxman but unless they are a tax advisor or accountant then ignore them! • NOT keeping receipts, travel documents & other important documentation.

Working abroad in the Security sector, you need to qualify to get the tax reliefs that are available which can then minimise your potential tax bills.

NON-RESIDENCY - Working on Land Abroad, You MUST adhere to the following: • Be employed or carry on a trade/profession abroad • Work at least 35 hours per week • Have an employment contract for a minimum of 12 months • Complete ONE full tax year, April to April • Spend NO more than 90 days in the UK in a full tax year, April to April.

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SEAFARERS EARNINGS DEDUCTIONS - Working at Sea, You MUST adhere to the following: • Spend at least 183 days out of the UK over a 12 month period • Be classed as employed • Visit at least ONE foreign port every tax year, for every employer. If you are NOT going to qualify for either Non residency or Seafarers Earnings Deductions (SED) tax reliefs or you are going to be working in the UK then you have the option of being a Sole-Trader or a Limited Company.

Self-Employment • Being a sole trader involves personal financial risk & you must pay your debts if the business fails. • Setting up as a sole trader is quick, easy & involves no cost. • You will be liable for tax, Class 2 & 4 NIC

Limited Company • Having a Limited Company means you will have to adhere to strict Company law legislation. • The accounts must be prepared under the Companies Act with financial statements & reports; this does make the accounting fees higher. • You will be liable for Corporation Tax on the net profit of the Company at the end of financial year

Whittaker & Co are specialists in Non Residency, Mariners Taxation etc. for Overseas and UK Security Operatives and also Ex-Forces working in Hostile Environments or even the Oil & Gas Industry etc. The company was started in 2006 by Anna Cooperwhite, who herself is ex forces. We specialise in providing accountancy services, tax returns, tax advice etc. and pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients which include • Non UK Residents • Maritime Security • Sole Traders • Partnerships • Limited Companies and Personal Tax Payers Within our team we have vast experience of dealing with the frustrations and concerns common to all businesses and individuals, we all share great enthusiasm to deliver a personal, high quality service to all our clients and each member of staff working for Whittaker & Co has a niche area of specialism. Our range of services and resources allows us to meet our clients’ needs quickly and efficiently which often exceeds the clients’ expectations. Whittaker & Co are not only the leading accountancy firm and preferred choice on the market for ex-forces going into the security industry but we also have a first class team to assist you with any matter when working for yourself, whether it is creating a business plan, helping you with basic bookkeeping, payroll, VAT etc., we will advise and guide you every step of the way in whatever business you choose to go in to. With the numerous Associates we have on board and work very closely with on a daily basis, we can assist with finance, arranging both personal and business insurance, pension schemes etc. As well as offering all of the above services and much more, we also go out and give briefs on tax advice when individuals are on resettlement courses and we are currently in the process of getting our non-profit making company “The Associates” under every camp resettlement officers nose to assist with the transition into civilian life. The Associates are doing their upmost to the best of their ability to work together with the MOD so it will enable them to give an informative presentation to each armed forces individual leaving the service. It is in the best interest as an individual that you get the correct advice and help out there to steer you in the right direction and both Whittaker & Co and The Associates are committed 100% in getting you just that. For more information about The Associates, visit If you wish to know more about the services Whittaker & Co and The Associates can offer you, or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss how we can help you in more detail then please contact us on any of the available options below. Whittaker & Co have supported and will continue to support and fundraise for the Pilgrim Bandits For more information visit

Whittaker & Co (UK) Ltd, Bryn Isel, The Bank, Newtown, Powys. SY16 2AB Telephone: 01686 610662 Website: Email:



For more information please visit our website:

“The Associates� was formed in 2013 as a subsidiary company of Whittaker & Co by a group of professional companies that have collaborated to offer advice through their own respective companies to serving Armed Forces personnel in transition to civilian life and ex-forces. They are all specialists in their own field with the majority having either an ex-forces individual running or working within their company. They are a central information centre that gives unbiased and independent advice to those leaving the military and services. The services in the UK remain strongly supportive of its serving members but it is very easy to take certain things for granted, the truth is that once on Civvy Street no one looks after you as well as yourself. It is therefore important that you get the right help that is out there and The Associates are committed in getting you just that, by sourcing & delivering the best advice possible. They welcome feedback, guidance & suggestions from all areas and also encourage healthy debate, the sharing of ideas, experiences and innovations.

Whittaker & Co - Accountancy Services & Tax Affairs Whittaker & Co focuses their accountancy skills specifically on security personnel whether offshore or in the UK, ex-forces working in the oil & gas industry or hostile environments etc. Over the years we have built up a reputation which is second to none and our clients include: Non UK residents, maritime security, limited companies, sole traders, partnerships and personal tax payers.

Clark Jeffreys Insurance Brokers Ltd - Insurance & Risk Management Clarke Jeffreys Insurance Brokers Ltd was originally founded in 1993 and are specialist commercial insurance brokers & risk management consultants. CPSIS was launched in response to a significant increase in enquiries from Hereford based ex Special Forces both individual & corporate. We now deal with clients residing & working in all parts of the UK

Fielding Financial Services Ltd - Financial Planning, Wealth Management & Mortgage Solutions Fielding Financial Services Limited are independent, whole of market, financial advisers who besides advising on pensions and investments, have built up knowledge and connections over the years to become specialists in arranging mortgages for non-residents and those working overseas.

GMRS - Offshore Employment & Payroll GMRS are a leading provider of qualified maritime security officers (MSO’s) to the industry, they are a highly specialist company, directly targeted at supporting ex-forces personnel forging a new career in the maritime industry. With the level of support & first-hand knowledge they have, they are confident it cannot be matched by any other company offering the same service. We also have close connections with companies that deal with: * Foreign Exchange *International Concierge Services *Law/Legal Services For more information please visit our website:


THE ICS GROUP: So it’s your time to leave the Armed Forces, and it probably all feels a little daunting.

Remember the saying ‘doing something is better than doing nothing’ building a financial plan is free; gathering advice and information is free. So when making your financial plan you are also gaining knowledge and confidence which in turn will put you in a commanding position if and when you decide to introduce products to help achieve your goals.

Where can you get help? The ICS Group was founded in 2011 to provide free financial awareness seminars to military personnel still serving or going through resettlement and people working within the security industry. Delivering key information in relation to financial planning, tax issues, Health/life/Critical illness cover, legal matters, mortgages and general financial awareness.


our probably spending a fair amount of time gathering the skills and knowledge available to ensure you are in the best position to move into Civilian life.

So lets go down the check list: • Learning how to put together a professional CV, check. • Looking at the current job market & at the new skill sets required to gain employment, check. • Gathering information on courses, check. Excellent, BUT how much time have you spent looking into one of the most important issues there is before stepping into civi street, having a financial plan. Now if your thinking, here we go how much is one of these going to cost me? The good news is absolutely nothing yes it’s free, as you design and build the financial plan yourself. However how effective it will be, is totally up to you.

Building a financial plan? A key element to a successful plan is obtaining accurate, clear, up to date information, which you understand, from fully qualified and experienced people with knowledge of your situation. Any wrong decisions you make now could result in poor choices and decisions to important financial planning, Tax knowledge, insurance, mortgages and legal matters which could have major implications later on in life. Receiving the correct advice and information is going to help you build a robust financial plan that will not only enable you to achieve your goals but give you a great lifestyle up to and beyond your retirement.

Doing nothing Through no fault of their own people, when they hear the words ‘financial planning’ stick their heads in the sand and ignore everything around them. This could be caused by rumours, hearsay or simply not receiving the proper information.

Working with companies that are specialist within their respective fields and have experience dealing with military personnel and their families, we ensure that the information you receive is up to date, correct and most important of all given by people who are fully qualified, UK regulated and registered. We personally pride ourselves on making our financial awareness seminars unique, captivating and easy to understand. If you can’t reach a seminar we provide an online advice form so you can still receive information from professional companies in the financial, insurance, legal, healthcare and property sectors. With more than twenty years of problem solving in a wide range of diverse environments, time served in the British Armed forces, the security Industry and training within the financial services, members of The ICS Group are in a prime position to make people aware of the financial issues that are unique to serving or ex-military personnel. We don’t sell products, we just give free advice and information to enable people to make clear, well informed decisions about their future financial plans.

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Management &  Health  &  Safety  Training  on  your  doorstep  

"BV Associates Limited is more than a training provider and you get far more than you would expect. They understand your needs and help you every step of the way, even after the training course". A Peters We are proud to serve members of the Armed Forces wherever they find themselves. We have course packages to suit your own future career aspirations or to support existing continuous professional development. You can even pay any personal contribution in 10 instalments.   NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety (£1460 +VAT) Paderborn: Catterick : Wimbish: Tidworth: Chivenor: Paderborn: Abingdon: Tidworth: Aldershot: Catterick:

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NEBOSH ELCAS Funded Packages available from just £1800 + VAT Package 1: Health, Safety and Fire Practitioner (NEBOSH General + Fire Safety) Package 2: Health Safety and Environmental Practitioner (NEBOSH General + Environment) Package 3: Health, Safety and Oil and Gas Practitioner (NEBOSH General + Oil and Gas) Package 4: Fire and Environmental Practitioner (NEBOSH Fire Safety + Environment) Package 5: Safety, Fire, Oil and Gas Practitioner (NEBOSH General + Fire Safety + Oil and Gas) Still not used your SLC this year? Why not attend one of the following courses. 4-day PTLLS (£350), 3-day First Aid at Work Course (£225), 2-day CIEH Risk Assessment (£225), 2-day First Aid Refresher Course (£175), 1-day Emergency First Aid Course (£105), 2-day Paediatric First Aid (£175), First Aid CPR AED (£120), First Aid Medical Gasses (£120).

Find out about all of our courses and future dates at, email us at or call us direct on +44 (0) 1628 530105


There has been some hesitation to use ex-forces in certain areas of industry and that maybe due to the fact that some groups simply don’t know ‘how to recruit’ ex-forces.

>> Falklands War hero Simon Weston (OBE) , Portrait painted by Nicky Philipps

Want a solution to your current recruitment crisis?


here have been many articles in the press and online media about the current state of technical recruitment, and issues this may cause industry if not addressed, but we are finding time and time again that the actual recruiting bodies are still retaining their old processes which has contributed to the issues faced today. Being an advocate of forces recruitment for many years I am constantly frustrated by the lack of understanding of the skills available from the armed forces. The British Armed Forces have been trained to an extremely high level with skills which are transferable to many industries.

To take advantage of this companies are going to have to find more and more inventive ways to resolve the problem before the issue starts to have a real commercial impact on business and the UK in general. I am so passionate about this subject that I have joined ANAtech Resource to help raise the profile of the issues faced by ex-Forces after they leave their military careers in finding gainful and challenging employment. I have seen over many years, individuals with not only exemplary military careers but also exemplary technical careers simply passed over for menial jobs in the civilian workforce. For me this is extremely frustrating knowing what companies could gain from these highly motivated individuals. I joined ANAtech Resource because they have a great balance of real industry experience and recruitment know-how and as they are ex-forces themselves they speak the languages of both sides. This is an extremely important aspect due to the sometimes unrealistic expectations of our ex-forces colleagues and limited knowledge of the available skills from our clients. This ‘translation’ service is an extremely important aspect of getting the right people for the right job. The worst thing our guys can do is send in a CV to someone who has little to no understanding of the Armed Forces. Their terminology and language is very different to what is usually expected resulting generally be CV being discarded. Our aim is to help those clients in desperate need of technical resource overcome this initial step.

Make no mistake, these guys and girls are highly trained, highly motivated and extremely keen. They have had to carry out their jobs in conditions and locations most will never see in a lifetime. These guys really are the best in the world therefore should be a real target for a skill strapped industry. Some areas of industry already understand the benefits and where they have gone into highly technical roles they have been a credit to the armed forces and the companies they represent and as a result promotion often follows much quicker than their civilian counterparts. The areas of industry which could really benefit from these groups is O&G, Nuclear, Automotive and Utilities. I have joined ANAtech Resource to help promote these world class Engineers and Technicians to industries that are already experiencing a skills shortage and until the STEM generation catch up the ex-Forces are a great stop gap. There has been some hesitation to use exforces in certain areas of industry and that maybe due to the fact that some groups simply don’t know ‘how to recruit’ ex-forces. Often the mistakes made are to simply use civilian methods (open job posts for ex-forces) and then the expectations are as they would expect with civilians, due to the difference in terminology this will only provide limited success. If there is one area where a consultancy is required to get the best results then this is it. >> (Simon Weston OBE) , Provided by: ANAtech Resource Ltd

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HGV Drivers Required Experienced HGV Drivers are required now to fulfil our prestigious driving contracts in Wiltshire and the South West. For those in transition or leaving the forces, we have a number of temporary to permanent HGV vacancies, along with other long-term ongoing driving contracts. If you’re currently on leave – then join us for extra HGV work and earnings. Weekends, odd-days and weekday drivers are also welcomed.

Send your CV now to: Or please urgently contact Michelle (01225 898235) or Geoff (01225 898236) Bailey Employment Services Ltd is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

THE ARMED FORCES HAVE DEVELOPED EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS AND TECHNICIANS At ANAtech Resource we bridge the technical language barriers between the Armed Forces and Industry to give you access to hundreds of highly skilled individuals.

The port of call for Armed Forces & Ex Armed Forces personnel who may be seeking work or seeking to employ added value Service people. Hosts Liquid List (London)

Get in touch to get in on the real action.

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By ex-military, for ex-military - what more needs to be said

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ADOPTING a child can be a difficult and lengthy process at the best of times... She really got to know us and understand us. She suggested we could cope with adopting siblings at the same time and we knew we wanted to have more than one child so it made sense.” Meeting the children for the first time was a nerve-racking and emotional occasion but in the event it was a perfect match. “It was like going for the best job interview in the world,” Sharon said. “I remember being so nervous. What if they don’t like us? But from the moment we went to meet them, that was it. We are just like any normal family now. You don’t have to give birth to someone to have a family. You just need to be able to give them the love and attention that they need.”


or couples serving in the military there are often extra hurdles to overcome. Regular house moves and misconceptions about the military lifestyle mean that prospective parents can be overlooked by local authorities. Forces charity SSAFA established its own adoption agency in 2000 and since then more than 200 children have found a ‘forever family’ in the Service community.

the same opportunity to be assessed as adoptive parents as anyone else. Our workers stay with applicants throughout the entire process to ensure they have the support that they need.”

SSAFA Adoption service manager Corienne Strange said: “As a charity, we really understand the unique challenges of military life and the way this can impact on the adoption assessment process. Our dedicated staff work tirelessly to help ensure that serving personnel have

“The adoption process was actually relatively quick for us. Our social worker saw us initially to do the interviews and arranged for us to do a four-day preparation course. The course is intense but it gives you a great grounding. I cannot speak highly enough of our social worker.

WO2 Sharon Turner and her husband Richard adopted two children through SSAFA in April 2011, a brother and sister now aged eight and seven. Sharon, a Combat Medical Technician, said: “We chose to adopt through SSAFA because we were both serving at the time and we did not want to have to restart the process if we were posted. We also knew SSAFA would offer us lifelong support and we would always just be able to pick up the phone and get help if we needed it.

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Sharon and Richard’s daughter has learning difficulties so the couple have had to adapt their parenting to meet her needs and teach her how to express herself. Sharon said: “Taking on a child with learning difficulties is a challenge. It’s timeconsuming but it’s so rewarding. People said that you don’t get any ‘firsts’ if you’re not adopting a baby but the first time my daughter said, ‘I love you mummy’ I was in floods of tears.” SSAFA works with serving families in the UK, Northern Ireland and British Forces Germany (BFG). There is no typical adoptive parent. The SSAFA Adoption Service welcomes applications from anyone irrespective of age, race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation or gender. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone considering adopting sibling groups of two or three and older children aged four and over. For a discussion on whether adoption may be right for you, please contact the SSAFA Adoption Service on 020 7463 9326 or email


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Shared ownership: An affordable way onto the property ladder For example, under shared ownership, you could buy a 25% share of a £150,000 property with just a £1,875 deposit and a mortgage of £32,625, compared to a £7,500 deposit and £112,500 mortgage under a Help to Buy equity loan. (You can find out more at www. Whether you are approved for a scheme will depend on your other financial commitments and what you want to buy. Housing associations and mortgage providers will want to be sure that you can afford to pay your mortgage and rent without being overstretched.

What can you buy through shared ownership?


f you don’t think you can afford to buy a home, then shared ownership could be the answer.

Shared ownership has helped thousands of people realise their dreams of owning their own home - and it could help you too.

What is shared ownership? Shared ownership – or part-buy and partrent – offers an easy, affordable and safe way to get onto the property ladder. You start by buying the share of your home that you can afford, based on its market value. This is usually between 25-75%. You only need a mortgage or savings for the share you buy. The costs of buying are also kept low as your deposit and legal fees are based on the price of your share, not on the home’s full value. The remaining share of your home is owned by a housing association to which you pay rent. Your rent is usually subsidised, so generally the total amount will you pay in rent and mortgage payments is less than if you were to purchase a similar home outright or rent it privately.

Over the last 10 years, more than 80,000 new homes have been sold through shared ownership, and a strong market has developed for resales of shared ownership homes. Mark, who purchased one of our new homes in Cannock, said: “I earn good money but found it difficult to raise a large deposit in a short space of time. Buying a shared ownership property allowed me to move from a two-bed rented property to a brand new three-bed property with a garden, and my monthly outgoings actually reduced.” If you want, and if you can afford it, you can usually buy further shares in your home – or ‘staircase’ – at a later date. So over time, you could own your home outright. And if you want to move on, you are free to sell your home at any time.

Who can buy through shared ownership? Shared ownership is designed for people with a household income under £60,000 a year. Most first time buyers who can’t quite afford to buy a home outright can apply for shared ownership and you may also be eligible if you need to work in an area outside your price range. It is one of four government-funded affordable home ownership schemes, but for many people it is the only affordable option.

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There are many housing associations offering shared ownership all over the country, for all types of properties from flats and small starter houses to spacious family homes, in rural villages or on urban residential developments. So there should be a shared ownership home that’s right for you.

Waterloo Homes Waterloo Homes is a leading provider of shared ownership homes, with a portfolio of more than 4,000 properties. We offer high quality, affordable homes across the East and West Midlands and Lincolnshire. You can search for our latest developments at or follow us on facebook and twitter.

A stylish new home is more affordable than you think Move into your own home by buying through shared ownership with Waterloo Homes Part buy, part rent through shared ownership

1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes across the Midlands and Lincolnshire from around ÂŁ26,000 for a 25% share

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Car Finance for Forces Personnel Lowest Rate Guarantee Lowest Price Guarantee 5 Branches Over 3000 Cars Available All Credit Histories Considered

At MK Car Finance, we understand the issues Armed Forces personnel have obtaining credit. Being a specialist military finance broker, we deal with a number of lenders who are sympathetic and understand the unique circumstances of military personnel. With barracks or naval addresses, overseas postings, and moving around often, many of you find it hard to fit the usual credit scoring systems for motor finance. That, coupled with the fact that some lenders won’t even consider members of the Armed Forces, means applications are often unnecessarily declined. What we do is different. Specialising in Armed Forces car finance, we offer both lowest rate and lowest price guarantees on all our vehicles and finance - more details of which are available at Whether you have good credit or have had credit issues in the past, with 5 branches, and over 3000 cars available at any time, we have something for everyone*. We even give you 7 days to return the vehicle if you just don’t get on with it.

For an informal chat with one of our specially trained Armed Forces car finance Account Managers, please call 0 3 3 3 5 7 7 5 5 3 3 , calls charged at standard landline rate. Alternatively, you can go to w w w . m k c a r f in a n c e . c o . u k and fill in the straightforward application form 24 hours a day and we will get back to you during office hours.


A better way to get a car on finance.

Car Finance 19.9% APR Representative.

The representative APR means 51% or more of our customers who apply through the website and take up an offer of finance pay a rate of 19.9% APR or less. If you are accepted and your credit history is good you could potentially be offered an APR lower than this rate, if your credit history is poor you could potentially be offered an APR higher than this rate. Finance applications are always subject to status and affordability checks, written quotations are available upon request. *Not all applications for finance will receive an offer. For details please contact us by phone or visit


Mum I’m Bored! As parents we have all had this shouted at us many times. No matter what is provided in the home for some reason our children always seem to find boredom at some point.


o how do we counteract this with positive experiences for our children? There are many extra- curricular activities, which will develop your child’s confidence and skills. Many activities can give your child extra qualifications, for instance “The Duke of Edinburgh Award”. The Gold level is equivalent to an A level and will build up confidence and independence. There are also Cadet Organisations, where a Cadet rarely gets bored.

Having weekly parade nights, weekend activities and BTEC qualifications, with everything from shooting to kayaking, flying to first aid qualifications, along with the many camps available throughout the year. Your child will develop great skills and their confidence. What about scouts, cubs and beavers? They have a wide range of activities for children of all ages. They can learn everything from field craft, how to camp, through to recognising different star systems and much more. For the sporty child there are many clubs for football, rugby and swimming across the country, many of which are ran at your local school.

For a quick fix that both parents and child can enjoy why not look at Laser Quest? This is a pain free alternative to paintballing and can be enjoyed by your younger children. Again there are many activity centres around where you can pay as you go, teaching your kids some of the skills you have as a military parent such as orienteering, building campfires and obstacle courses. Following is some more detailed information for you to help make your decisions on how to keep your children occupied.

UNDER SIXTEENS STAG PARTIES Prices: Standard Prices 1 game £4.95 2 games £8.95 3 games £10.95

Each game is a 20 min session including briefing and kitting up.


Exclusive hire the game maximum 26 players each session

Children’s parties From £11.95

Adult parties

Monday - Thursday 2 games £150

From £11.95

Friday - Sunday 2 games £170.00 Military discount 10%

Under 16s club

Military discount £7.50 for 2 games anytime.

Quasar lockdown

Saturday and Sunday morning 9-11am 2 hours of fun only £8.95 including a slush Private hire the whole venue for a party with a difference.

01603 763403 - Quasar Norwich, 17-19 Stephens Road, Norwich, NR1 3SP

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Inspiring a love of the outdoors


otswold Outdoor love exploring as much as you do. We have dedicated the last 40 years to sourcing cutting edge Outdoor equipment, offering expert service and providing unrivalled range of top-quality brands. We are also proud to support many outdoor groups and charities including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Girlguiding and The Scout Association, providing their members with expert kit advice, free in-store services and discounts when ordering kit that will be used to help their members make the most of their outdoor adventures.

Our stores provide space for these outdoor groups to hold kit talks, recruitment drives, out of hours shopping events and meetings. Through our fun, hands-on kit talks young people and leaders can learn about outdoor clothing and equipment for their future activities from our experienced and expertly trained staff. Our talks cover topics such as the benefits of layering, which fabrics are best for which conditions and advice on maintaining equipment all of which can be tailored to a group’s needs. Our staff will give a hands-on approach and will allow participants and leaders to partake in demonstrations to ensure they are aware of how to use the kit and how to look after it. Talks cover a wide variety of topics including layering, boot and rucksack fittings and can be tailored with certain locations or even climates, encouraging attendees to ask questions and take part in team activities such as putting up a tent or using a stove. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to attend these talks for peace of mind and to get advice on the right kit for their child.

staff will take boot measurements and make any necessary adjustments before testing them out with simulated terrain in-store. By adding weight to the rucksack in-store it represents a full bag of kit giving participants a good idea of how the rucksack should fit for their activities.

During these talks the group can also receive free boot and rucksack fittings to ensure both participants and leaders are comfortable and safe in their equipment. Our expertly trained

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For more information about how your nearest Cotswold Outdoor store can help or, if your children are involved in outdoor groups and you’d like more information on the services we offer, contact your nearest store. Don’t forget our price match promise, if you find product we sell for less with other retailers and it is in stock, we will match the price or refund the difference. Members of the armed forces receive 15% off*over 250 brands including Vango, The North Face and Berghaus, shop online or in stores nationwide. Please visit our website for more information


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WE’VE RAISED OUR DISCOUNT* FOR ARMY, NAVY AND RAF PERSONNEL TO 15% AND CONTINUE TO OFFER VAT FREE DELIVERY TO ELIGIBLE BFPO ADDRESSES. Whether you require kit for service purposes or an activity in your own time such as hiking, climbing or camping – we have everything you need and more. Visit your local store, shop online at or call us on 01666 718 576 for details.



Taking part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


ave you ever wondered what it’s like to do your DofE? Education for the Military Family hears from youth charity The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award about what it means for a young person to do their DofE, how it equips them for the future and just what skills they learn. The DofE is the world’s leading achievement award for young people of all backgrounds aged 14-25. Set up by the Charity’s Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the DofE is a unique personal development programme that allows young people to try new things, develop their interests and skills set, while working towards an achievement award which is recognised by employers and educational establishments across the globe. When it comes to looking for a job, college or University place, young people will be glad to have done their DofE, it looks great on a CV as it demonstrates commitment and dedication as well as a variety of key skills employers look for in young recruits- it’s also good fun!

What’s involved? A DofE participant follows their own programme of personal development in order to achieve their Award. Participants choose their own activities for each of the sections, meaning they are measured on activities they have an interest in and enjoy for each of the sections, introducing a new meaning of success to young people’s lives, outside of the classroom. At Bronze and Silver level, participants pick activities from each of these four sections: Volunteering: For example, helping out at an animal shelter, social media class or elderly people’s home Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities – for example, this could be running, football or even Zumba!

Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests – film making, learning to drive, playing an instrument or learning to care for an animal all count! Expedition: getting outdoors for an adventurous journey – planning, training for and completing a challenging journey in the UK or abroad is possibly the most exciting aspect of the DofE. At Gold level, there’s an additional Residential section to complete which involves staying and working away from home doing a shared activity.

Making the DofE work… In a recent survey of DofE participants aged 16-18, 80 per cent said they think that having their DofE will help them to secure a job, with the Volunteering voted as the section young people felt would be prepare them for the workplace. But how does taking part in the DofE help young people to get a job? While it looks great to employers to have a highly sought after, nationally recognised achievement award on their CV, it’s important participants understand which skills they’ve developed as a result of taking part and how these will translate into working life. The survey also revealed that the DofE equips young people for working life with half of respondents stating they could demonstrate all five of the skills and attributes the CBI suggests as illustrative of a young person being ‘employable’. Two thirds stated that, in an interview situation, they could confidently demonstrate communication skills through their DofE experience and 89 per cent said they could work as part of a team, two attributes which will prove invaluable in the workplace.

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What do employers think about the DofE? In a recent independent survey of UK employers by the United Learning Trust, the DofE was voted was the most valuable accolade a young person can have on their CV after academic qualifications. Entrepreneur and former Dragon Theo Paphitis says he actively looks for the DofE when he receives a CV. He says: “I believe the DofE gives young people the character, attitude and key skills which will allow them to do wonderful things throughout their lives. When I get a CV through, to see the DofE is a big tick in the box because I know they chose to do something that’s really hard. That they took up the challenge and saw it through. Achieving your Gold DofE is a huge tick in the box and really does change lives for the better.”

How do young people feel that their DofE is equipping them for the future? 16 year old Helen White from Windsor is currently working towards her Silver DofE through her school. Helen says: “I wanted to do my DofE because it sounded like really good fun, especially the expedition. I can expand on a lot of my interests through my DofE activities; for example, I teach windsurfing to 8-15 year olds for my Volunteering section which helps me to learn to lead people and work towards my goal of being an instructor. The DofE allows me to try new things; I get bored staying in and not doing anything so it’s a fun way of getting outdoors and doing something worthwhile with my time.” To find out more about The DofE please visit


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DofE Expeditions, guided walks, navigation courses, mountain biking in Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales... or wherever you want! Included: Most of our expeditions take place in the Northumberland National Park and Hadrian’s Wall areas, however we are happy to use other areas such as the Yorkshire Dales, if that is more convenient for your school/organisation. We also provide guided walks, navigation courses and Level 3 Certificate in BEL.

Please contact us on: Tel: 0191 4133775 , Mobile: 07786902586 or email for an initial discussion regarding your requirements.

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Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE expeditions We are a team of adventure sports specialists at Active Stirling, based at Stirling Sports Village. We provide a complete package to support your award group successfully to complete the expedition phase of your Duke of Edinburgh Award. We can help you plan for an inspiring expedition, a quality experience all with the assurance that participants are being supported by the best staff. • Specialist skill training available • Expeditions with qualified adventure sports coaches • Qualifying expeditions with up to date leaders and assessors • Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels supported • Walk, paddle or ride modes of transport For more details please contact the Outdoor team at Managed by Active Stirling on behalf of Stirling Council

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British Forces Philatelic Service o you have a special event to mark? Have you considered a commemorative cover? The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force have a great history and between them they produce many military events and anniversaries worth marking. A commemorative cover with a special handstamp makes a great souvenir of such occasions and a uniquely collectable item. Proceeds from cover sales help to fundraise for Service charities. Covers are produced by the Forces Philatelic Bureau (operated by BFPS) for annual events such as Trooping The

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Colour and anniversaries of battles such as Trafalgar, Waterloo and the Battle of Britain. Last year we issued a very popular and collectable set of covers to mark ‘Dambusters 70’. Unit formations, amalgamations and disbandments are also popular themes for covers. 2014 sees the Centenary of the outbreak of The Great War and BFPS is involved with the Imperial War Museum’s WWI Centenary initiative. Two commemorative covers have been issued so far to mark the outbreak of war on 28th July and the declaration of war on 4th August. A first day cover was also produced to coincide with Royal Mail’s Great War special issue of six stamps on 28th July.

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Kip McGrath Education Centres

Helping children with Reading, Spelling, English and Maths for over 35 years teachers, who teach educational concepts, are able to ensure that students are not given work that is too easy, nor too hard. The Kip McGrath system of tutoring is able to monitor a student’s progress and abilities to give them exactly the correct level of educational challenge. There are no ‘standard’ timeframes and progression is at the students’ pace, so that they never feel overwhelmed and therefore any sense of failure that they may have previously experienced is removed! Children try harder when they attend Kip McGrath Centre because they genuinely feel that they are progressing and improving. Our teachers only provide support where and when it’s needed. At Kip McGrath, we find that children are more productive and become more successful independent learners when taught on a one-to-one individualised learning programmes basis, but in a group environment.


ip McGrath Education Centres have been helping children with Reading, Spelling, English and Maths for over 35 years. There are now over 650 centres worldwide, with over 220 operating in the UK. Our experienced, professional and fully qualified teachers provide support to children who are finding schoolwork difficult, wish to excel or those students who are preparing for examinations or entrance exams. We understand that more often than not, the most common reason children struggle with maths and English is simply because of a lack of understanding, and should not be put down to lack of intelligence. We’ve even witnessed gifted children feeling insufficiently stretched by work which is beneath their capabilities, and subsequently lose interest in learning and slip down below their potential. At Kip McGrath, we firmly believe that any child can learn if they are taught properly and every child deserves the opportunity to access educational services to reach their full potential.

Confidence is a key element, and that’s one of our focus areas with our students. Our proven methods of tuition are designed to teach any missing concepts of maths and English, which in turn will boost a child’s confidence, and help them make up any lost time so that they may have the opportunity to catch up with their peers. The programmes are designed to give students the motivation to succeed. Each child is an individual, and they all have different learning styles. We don’t label or categorise our students, and therefore create a completely individualised learning plan for that child, which is catered to meet their style of learning. Using our new, ground breaking, multi-million pound software, we are able to determine through our FREE assessment, with precision accuracy, the levels your child is at in their education. Our software, in combination with our manual activities and qualified

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Online tutoring opens up a whole new world of possibilities for teachers, parents and students. We found that many parents wanted to enrol their child with us, but simply didn’t have the time to commit to a lesson time or a centre nearby. However, with a computer and a steady internet connection, students can still receive all of the benefits provided by our unique, proven methods of tuition with a qualified teacher online. For more information and details of your nearest centre, please visit our website, or call 01452 382282. You could say that Kip McGrath give all students a second chance to reach their full potential and gain skills for life! Take the next step to unlock your child’s full potential. Ring Kip McGrath TODAY for a FREE assessment to see what your child can achieve!


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What help can you get if you choose to home educate your children?


here are many reasons why some parents turn away from mainstream schooling. Some families make the carefully weighed decision to home educate before their child reaches 5, while others send their child to school but later realise that mainstream schooling does not work for their child or their lifestyle. School may not suit their child’s way of learning, and parents may feel their child’s individual needs can be better catered for with the one­to­one attention that can be provided at home. The decision to home educate is never taken lightly, and parents can often feel that there

is no support for them. We would like to share our experience, to help you if you have already made or are thinking of making the decision to educate your children at home. There is a wealth of information online about home education, from organisations such as the Home Education Advisory Service who provide advice and support to families educating their children at home, to fun and engaging resources provided by the BBC. On our website you’ll find a list of the links we’ve found helpful and which we hope will of use. Distance learning lends itself extremely well to home education, it has the flexibility to be tailored to meet your child’s needs. Here at NEC we offer a wide range of courses and options to parents and guardians who have chosen to educate their children at home, and our tutors are familiar with the specific demands home education can place on both parents and children. NEC can provide GCSE, IGCSE and A level subjects all fully supported by an expert personal tutor for each subject studied. We know that, particularly for younger learners, a little more structure can make a big difference in helping to achieve grades to the best of their abilities. With this in mind we launched the NEC Young Learner’s Service.

Forming a relationship between student, parent and educational expert, all of our research and experience shows, is paramount to success. The Young Learner’s Service aims to engage both student and parent, providing a structured approach to the learning programme while keeping in touch with the parents at the same time. One question we’re often asked by families is ‘Will the qualifications be the same as at school, will they help my child get into University?’ The answer is yes. The qualifications are exactly the same, it’s just the way of learning that’s different. Some Universities even value the additional skills that distance learning brings, the importance of independent study skills cannot be underestimated. Only you can decide if home education is right for you and your family, but if you do decide that this is the way forward, get in touch with NEC to discuss how we can help your child gain the qualifications they will need to go on to further study. 0800 389 2839 +44(0)1223 400200. ,

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POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, ANGER INVISIBLE INJURIES CAN AFFECT THOSE CLOSEST TO YOU Some men and women leave the Armed Forces with unseen injuries. If you or a loved one have served and struggle with anxiety, flashbacks, anger or sleepless nights, call the Combat Stress 24-hour Helpline. It’s confidential and we understand what you’re going through.

The helpline is open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year Find out more about our work at

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What is the Covenant doing for you? Making funding available for service children in state schools Ensuring service personnel in England are given priority for the government’s home ownership schemes Establishing BFPO ‘shadow postcodes’ to give service personnel equal access to online goods and services Ensuring local authorities in England prioritise members of the armed forces community with urgent housing needs Doubling the tax free Operational Allowance Doubling Council Tax Relief twice for those deployed Working with credit reference agencies to ensure service personnel are not disadvantaged by continual moves Purchase of high quality properties for use as service accommodation in areas of high demand and much, much more!

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Queen Victoria School Raising to Distinction Open Morning Sat 20 Sept 2014 Admissions Deadline Thu 15 Jan 2015 Queen Victoria School in Dunblane is a co-educational boarding school for the children of UK Armed Forces personnel who are Scottish, or who have served in Scotland or who have been members of a Scottish regiment. The QVS experience encourages and develops well-rounded, confident individuals in an environment of stability and continuity. The main entry point is into Primary 7 and all places are fully funded for tuition and boarding by the Ministry of Defence. Families are welcome to find out more by contacting Admissions on +44 (0) 131 310 2927 to arrange a visit.

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