Naphill and Walters Ash School

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Service Families

Welcome to Naphill and Walters Ash School.

Situated next door to RAF High Wycombe’s 3 site, around a third of the pupils at our school are from a Service family.  In this section you can find a welcome letter from our Family Liaison Officer plus copies of our termly Service Families Newsletter which may be of interest.  There are also links to Service education websites and the HIVE which provide further information for Service families.

Service Pupil Premium

The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium in April 2011, in recognition of the specific challenges faced by children from service families.

Service Pupil Premium is received by schools which have children from services families in school years Reception to Year 11.  Service Pupil Premium is currently £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

In 2018/19 the school was allocated £40,540

At Naphill and Walters Ash School, Service Pupil Premium is used to provide pastoral support in the form of a Family Liaison Officer and a Behaviour Support Assistant.  All children who join or leave the school at any point other than the usual exit and entry points of Year R and 6, receive support to aid settling into our school and again when transitioning to a new school.  Additionally, service children with a parent on deployment are given the opportunity to send e-mails to the deployed parent during the school day.  We are able to signpost parents to outside support when required and provide a termly newsletter with useful information for families.  Pastoral support is also available for behaviour, friendships and bereavement if needed.

Service Pupil Premium has also been used to provide teaching assistant support for service pupils with additional needs.

Academic Year 2019/20 – Application and Outcomes for additional fund to help support Service Children.
Successful applications through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, MOD Education Support Fund and the Armed Forces Education Trust resulted in:
£4,229 awarded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust for a Playground Improvements Project which will provide much needed playground equipment for all pupils to enjoy.  The project is due to be completed in the Autumn term of 2020.
£1,587.99 awarded by the MOD Education Support Fund for Separation Packs for Service children, which include a diary, countdown sheets, stickers, postcards and a world map, a Resource Pack for use in school and books on separation and deployment for the school library.
£12,504 awarded by the Armed Forces Education Trust for the provision of a Forces Support Worker (Teaching Assistant) to support a Service pupil on a 1:1 basis and to deliver SALT interventions.

Moving from or to Scotland?

The MOD’s Directorate Children & Young People (DCYP) have developed resources to assist Service families with moves into and from the Scottish education system:

DCYP also fund a National transitions officer for Scotland, who is based with ADES and the Royal Caledonian Education Trust. Her role is specifically focusing on improving transitions both into and out of the Scottish Education System. In addition DCYP have a Parent Support Officer for Scotland who is employed directly to support Service families in Scotland.  Any enquiries should be addressed to DCYP-DCYP-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk

Useful Links

www.raf.mod.uk/community/support/raf-hive-information-service has lots of information for our Service families.  The HIVE at RAF High Wycombe is located on 3 site, on the left hand side before you enter the main gate.

 

The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP) was established in 2010 to provide a single Ministry of Defence (MOD) focus for all issues related to service children and young people.

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/directorate-children-and-young-people

 

Little Troopers is a registered charity supporting all children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces, regular or reserve. They provide fundamental resources, initiatives and events to ease and aid repeated separation periods aiming to keep parent and child connected and bonded even when miles apart. They provide a consistent support approach to service children regardless of their parents’ service, rank, regular / reserve forces, marital status – all their support is accessible wherever in the world families are based or choose to live.

Little Troopers’ Website

 

The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) provides expert and impartial advice about the education of service children.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service