From Sep 11 schools will receive an additional sum of £200 for every Service child on their roll. This payment is in recognition of the unique challenges and stresses facing service children and is provided to help support your child.
The trigger for this payment to schools however, will be taken from the roll from the Annual School Census of January 2011 So please, as a serving parent, ensure that that your child(ren) school(s) are aware of their Service connection so that the 'Service child marker' on the census form is ticked in time.
Please spread the word...
Just seen this on Families Federation website and 'i'm spreading the word'
Schools fill it in, you just need to make sure that the Head is aware that your child has a service parent. Even if you think they know it's worth a gentle reminder - my child's hadn't really made the link as he is the only one in his school.
Thanks for this Pinkem. Have sent it to DCs next school in case they don't already know and also have copied it to all my forces friends. I think it's a great incentive for schools to be more welcoming to service children.
we had this discussion at our DD's school yesterday ,and the thing to note is they cannot ask you if you are in the forces . you must tell them, as it is an optional question on the form. I find this ridiculous as lots of parents will not disclose forcea connection and therefore the school could loose out on potoential funding. Interestingly though if a child is in local care they can apply without permission !!
DD sent a form home this week for us to notify them if we are service parents, we are in a very military aware area though so large proportion of school have some connection to military. I will be asking what they will plan to do with the money.
The school registers the pupils that are there on census day so if the pupil is there they will get the money, even if they leave during the academic year; if not they don't even if they start later in the year.