We are here to help ease the difficulties that sometimes happen with the education of children of members of the Armed Forces as a result of their parents’ service. Education for children and young people is a vital part of their lives and our modern society. Children should not miss out and we aim to support the most disadvantaged children to improve education.
Collective grants are awarded to an education provider (normally a school or education authority) to help provide educational support for service pupils. Such support is likely to include a specific educational intervention as a result of which the improved educational outcomes of the service children can be demonstrated. See below to see if your organisation could be eligible.
As the location of Europe’s largest garrison and with a significant RAF presence, North Yorkshire has a large population of Service children. Comparative pupil performance data regularly shows that their Service pupils, who experience high levels of mobility and deployment, perform less well than their civilian peers in a range of measures and it has been recognised that supporting the emotional needs of the pupils can help their overall performance.
Two years ago, the Trust awarded a grant to deliver Emotional First Aid training (EFA) for teachers, teaching assistants and pastoral support staff in schools. The training helps participants to recognise distress and develop strategies for early intervention or, if possible, prevention of issues developing. Three courses for staff in primary and secondary schools and for parents were delivered. Everyone who participated in the course, say they have since used what they learnt in the schools they work in and have seen immediate benefits.
“This course really got me thinking about my approaches to dealing with service children who are struggling with difficult feelings and situations, resulting from their parent’s service.”
– Participant, Emotional First Aid training
The Trust maintains a relationship with North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) to support the large number of service children at their schools. Among a number of practitioners who undertook the Trust funded ‘Emotional First Aid’ (EFA) ‘train the trainer course’, with the aim of cascading the learning across the county, were two Service Pupil Champions.
Recognising their key role in supporting the children of military families, who often experience issues with parents being away from home and frequent changing of schools, the Trust have awarded a grant to continue the employment of North Yorkshire County Council’s two Service Pupils’ Champions now that Education Support Funding has stopped. The Champions raise awareness of Service pupils’ needs through staff CPD as well as providing a link between military and school partners and providing early intervention & signposting to other services.
The Champion’s EFA training has led to delivering Anxiety Workshops for service children and parents, the benefits of which have been huge, and the long-term impact is already being seen.
“The session was effective in offering our most vulnerable children support in managing their emotions and fears. It was notable how deep-seated and serious many concerns raised were. We need to be acutely aware as a staff of the sorts of profound concerns our children may be carrying.”
– Head, RAF Leeming Primary School
Applying for a collective grant
The first step in applying for a grant is to answer the questions below, about your organisation to see if you are eligible. If your response meets the criteria you will be asked to email us with your details and we will be in touch for further information and to explain the requirements.
Are you eligible?
Do you represent an education establishment seeking to help a child/ children of parents serving in HM Armed Forces?
Will grant funding help to improve educational outcomes for these children?
If you’ve answered yes to both these questions you may be eligible to apply for funding.