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Q: How can Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) support my family and do they have the necessary resources?

A: CEAS provides advice and assistance on all school place issues faced by Service families. It is the start-point for advice on Boarding School and allocates Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) casework as well as boarding information packs. CEAS also assists Service families to obtain school places within Local Authority areas when families move on assignment.

Q: What do I need to know about making an education appeal?

A: If you are not allocated the school of your choice, parents have the right to appeal. We strongly suggest that you accept the school you have been allocated AND appeal at the same time. Otherwise, the offered place may then be unavailable if the appeal is lost. CEAS can help with the appeal process. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for our admission appeals pack.

Q: What is the Service Pupils’ Premium and how do I ensure my child’s school receives it?

A: The Service Pupils’ Premium was introduced by the Department for Education in 2011. It is aimed at providing pastoral support to Service children in recognition of the specific challenges they face.

Every year in January, a school will take a census of how many Service pupils they have on roll, and £300 (at the time of writing) per pupil will be allocated. It is entirely a decision for the school with regards to how the money is spent. It isn’t intended to benefit individual children or provide learning support, but is instead a resource to support our children in challenging times. The funding is typically used for such things as nurture or INtouch (formerly e-bluey) clubs for example. The link below provides further information in relation to the Service Pupil Premium.

Q: What options are available with regard to schooling in general and especially for children entering/in critical stages of their education?

A: All BFG schools will remain open and retain their current provision until Summer 2019; King’s School is expecting to deliver a full curriculum at GCSE and A Level at this time.

Parents who are returning to UK and have children starting Years 10 and 12 in September 2018 should consider carefully the choices open to them as it will be extremely difficult to ‘match up courses’ with schools in the UK. Your child may be required to repeat some coursework, and possibly drop some subjects to give them the best opportunity to do well if they transfer to a UK school for Years 11 or 13.

Other options that you might wish to consider are boarding or using the Early Mover Scheme. For more information about boarding you should contact CEAS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Early Mover Scheme allows families that will be part of a 2019 unit move to the UK to leave BFG in the Summer of 2018 to start a critical stage of education; the serving spouse would remain with the unit and re-join their family in the UK in Summer 2019. For details of the Early Mover Scheme you should contact your Unit Welfare Officer.