Schools with service families' children with SEN

Do you have Service children on your roll or prospective pupils from Service families?

  • Service children are those children who have a parent or parents who are current or past members of HM Forces.
  • The nature of Service life can mean frequent moves and with that, changes of school.

Are you aware of the following support for schools with Service children?

  • A Service Children’s Pupil Premium is available - Within Buckinghamshire, there has been a focus on Family Liaison Officers, funded via the Service Children’s Pupil Premium. These Officers provide support to children and families as they move in and out of Buckinghamshire. Halton Primary School has some excellent advice to offer to schools or groups of schools - so please do contact them if you have questions.
  • Some Service children and families may be vulnerable to the effects of deployment and the death and/or injury to parents and/or siblings. Consequently, Service children within these groups are identified as high priority for the Educational Psychology Service. The Buckinghamshire Educational Psychology Service can be contacted by email eps@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or by telephone on 01296 383219.

Are the Headteacher and SENCo aware of ‘CEAS’: Children’s Education Advisory Service?

  • CEAS is a tri-service (army, navy and air force) organisation funded by the MOD. It was established to provide information and support to Service families and eligible MOD civilians on all aspects of the education of their children in the UK and overseas and now forms part of the MOD’s Directorate of Children and Young People.
  • CEAS has dedicated Parent Support Officers, former teachers and LA officers who are available to support parents and schools to ensure the SEND needs of Service children are met wherever a Service family is based.

Support from CEAS

  • Where a school has concerns about a Service child who may have SEND, it will be important to speak to parents in the first instance, to ascertain what support and/or provision their child has had in the past and to determine whether their child is registered with CEAS.
  • The school should ask if they may approach CEAS for information relating to their child.
  • Schools may encourage parents to seek support from CEAS, particularly where it seems that mobility has previously impacted on a child’s progress.

Are you aware of the scope of support offered by CEAS?

For example, CEAS is able to:

  • provide registration packs for your Service families
  • offer direct support to both families and to schools
  • offer support as the child and family move in and out of the area
  • contribute towards statutory assessment
  • attend Annual Reviews
  • liaise objectively between parents and school where concerns exist about a child’s needs.
  • Log on to www.gov.uk/childrens-education-advisory-service for further details.

Are you also aware of the differences for children moving from other countries?

  • Children/young people moving to your school/setting may have significant SEND which would ordinarily be met by an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).
  • Scotland, however, has no similar legally binding document
  • in some areas of Wales, Statements are becoming less frequently used.
  • as a consequence, it will be important for LA officers to act quickly to ensure that Service children with more complex needs have these needs met appropriately and in good time with or without a Statement.

Other points schools need to be aware of:

  • If a child/young person is undergoing an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment, the LA must ask CEAS for advice to inform the assessment.
  • Schools should have something on their websites to inform prospective Service parents from the outset (see below following page for an example of what could be included)
  • School SENCos need to be proactive in contacting previous/prospective schools, when a Service child with SEND arrives and when (s)he leaves.
  • When children and young people move home across local authority boundaries, an EHC Plan will be transferred from the ‘old’ local authority to the ‘new’ local authority. If a Personal Budget is in place at the time of the move, both the ‘old’ and ‘new’ local authorities will work with the parents/carers/young people to ensure that adequate, appropriate and timely arrangements are made in the ‘new’ authority to ensure continuity of provision purchased by the Personal Budget allocated.


Questions/information for parents moving to Buckinghamshire:

Are you a Service family? If so,

  • Are you aware of CEAS – Children’s Education Advisory Service?
  • May we approach CEAS for any relevant information that would help us support your child(ren) more effectively?
  • Are you aware of the support CEAS is able to offer families of children with SEND?
  • If you do not know of CEAS, the following information will be of assistance to you

If not:

  • CEAS is a tri-service organisation funded by the MOD. It was established to provide information and support to Service families and eligible MOD civilians on all aspects of the education of their children in the UK and overseas and now forms part of the MOD’s Directorate of Children and Young People.
  • CEAS has dedicated Parent Support Officers, former teachers and LA officers who are available to support parents and schools to ensure the SEND needs of Service children are met wherever a Service family is based.
  • Support is especially important if mobility has previously impacted on a child’s progress.
  • Log on to www.gov.uk/childrens-education-advisory-service for further details.

To contact CEAS

Address: Children’s Education Advisory Service
Trenchard Lines
Upavon, Pewsey
Wiltshire
SN9 6BE

Telephone: 01980 618244 (Military 94 344 8244)

CEAS Helpline: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 3:30pm

Answer machine: If busy or at other times, leave your name and contact details slowly and clearly, with the child’s name and DOB if appropriate.

Email: enquiries@ceas.uk.com