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Service Children in State Schools

The Voice of Schools - Supporting Service Children in England



Who are the SCISS NEAC?

The SCISS National Executive Advisory Committee (NEAC) is formed of volunteers who are Headteachers; Local Authority officer/advisers and representatives from the Service Children Progression Alliance (SCiP), the DfE and the MOD’s Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding 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). 

  • Contributing to the "Living in their Shoes - understanding the needs of UK Armed Forces families"

  • Commissioning research into the challenges and successes experienced by service children in state schools in England the "Voice of Schools"  

Who is part of the SCISS NEAC?

The current National Executive Advisory Committee members are:

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

Angela Maxted - Vice Chair: Shorncliffe Nursery, Folkestone, Kent Ret'd Headteacher of a large primary school

Matt Blyton - Independent Education Advisor with Service Children experience

Russell Collier - MOD - Asst Head of Education - Education Policy Team (Armed Forces Families & Safeguarding Defence People Team)

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

Phil Bannister - Department for Education, Pupil Premium Division

Sue Mason - Headteacher, Brompton Westbrook Academy, Medway 

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Ian Mottram - Headteacher, Le Cateau Primary School & Nursery, Catterick Garrison, Nth Yorkshire


Ruth Halbaurer - Deputy Headteacher, Crofton Hammond Infant School, Fareham, Hampshire


Ben Turner - Headteacher, Akrotiri Primary School, RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus

Rebecca Lovell - Education & Childcare Policy Advisor, Naval Families Federation (NFF)

Alexandra Stokes - Policy Advisor - Education and Childcare, Royal Air Force Families Federation (RAFFF)

Anna Hutchinson- Education & Childcare Specialist, Army Families Federation (AFF)