Who are the SCISS NEAC?

The SCISS National Executive Advisory Committee (NEAC) is formed of volunteers who are Headteachers; Local Authority officers/advisers and representatives from the Service Children Progression Alliance (SCiP), the DfE and the MOD’s Directorate for Children and Young People (DCYP) Global Education Team.


What is our Core Purpose?

Our core purpose is simple - to be the 'Voice of Schools' supporting Service children to those with influence in changing policy such as the DFE and Government bodies.


We aim to assist schools in the education and welfare of Service children alongside key partners and using the expertise within the SCISS Network of Schools.


This enables Service children achieve the best possible outcomes by our organisation engaging with policy-makers and developing / sharing effective practice back to our SCISS Network of schools.

What are the SCISS NEAC's achievements to date?


These include:

  • The introduction of the Service child ‘marker’ on the annual school census, providing a clear picture of the number and location of pupils of Armed Forces personnel;  

  • The SEND and Admissions Code now specifically include the education of Service children;

  • Submissions were made that were influential in persuading the Government to introduce discrete funding for schools in England to help them provide for Service children, more effectively, in the forms of the Service Pupil Premium and the MoD’s Education Support Fund for Schools with Service Children (2011-2020). 

Who is part of the SCISS NEAC?

The current National Executive Advisory Committee members are:

Steph Fawdry - Chair: Headteacher, RAF Benson Primary School, Oxfordshire (primary)  

Angela Maxted - Vice: Headteacher, Cheriton Primary School, Folkstone, Kent (primary/nursery)  

Matt Blyton - Senior Education Adviser,  North Yorkshire County Council

Russell Collier - Principal Education Officer, Directorate Children and Young People 

Philip Dent - Service Children’s Progression Alliance, Director (Uni of Winchester)

Phil Bannister - Department for Education

Sue Mason - Headteacher, Brompton Westbrook Academy, Medway (primary) 

Amanda Rowley - Headteacher, The Wavell School, Farnborough, Hampshire (secondary)  

Ian Mottram - Headteacher, Le Cateau Primary, Catterick Garrison (primary / nursery)

Bridget Nicholson - Director of Evidence and Strategy, Naval Families Federation (NFF)

Louise Briggs - Policy Manager Manager, Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAFFF)

Jilly Carrell - Education & Childcare Specialist, Army Families Federation (AFF)

Heather Ogburn - Senior Education Adviser, Education, Participation and Skills, Plymouth City Council