Military Service Children

We used funding from the Ministry of Defence Directorate Children and Young People to provide effective support to service children with the potential to benefit from higher education, so that they progress smoothly and confidently through their educational journey and make a secure transition into further and higher education opportunities appropriate to their abilities and ambitions.

The project aims to provide effective support to service children with the potential to benefit from higher education, so that they progress smoothly and confidently through their educational journey and make a secure transition into further and higher education opportunities appropriate to their abilities and ambitions.

The project has three elements:

 

Action

We work with local schools and Hampshire County Council to impact positively on the confidence, aspirations and awareness of Primary and Secondary age service children through university experience days using successful undergraduate role models from service families and enable Secondary age service children nationally to identify, understand and make the most of their skills and personal capacities, including the strengths gained through their experience as service children.

Resource

We have developed a suite of film and text resources which will support service children's progression into higher education and provide schools and universities with a clear rationale,  information and practical advice for supporting service children. In addition to the main film we have linked our resources to a library of clips which can be used in school or in university outreach. We aim to work locally and nationally to support and encourage colleges and universities to work with their local schools to develop effective outreach to service children. Our resources can be used to help service children identify the transferable skills and enabling characteristics that they gain from their experiences to support their successful progression into and through further and higher education.

Research

The University is working to improve understanding of the factors that help or hinder service children's progression, so that future work is well targeted and achieves better outcomes. Our research explores the views and experiences of service children and undergraduates from service families to identify and evaluate the relative significance of factors impacting (both positively and negatively) on their education progression and attainment. We have built on existing knowledge to establish a more robust account of the higher education success of service children. Judith McCullouch and Michael Hall from the Faculty of Education Health and Social Care's Centre for Research into Teaching and Teacher Education gathered and analysed 3 strands of data:

  • reviewing existing research and evidence to build a more detailed picture of the progression of service children into and through further and higher education in order to highlight priorities for action
  • secondary data from various sources
  • questionnaires from school children and undergraduates from a military service families with follow up interviews with undergraduates

Download our Further and Higher Progression for Service Children Research Paper

 

The result of this work enables us to:

  • Have a positive impact  on the confidence, aspirations and awareness of primary and secondary age service children through two university experience days using successful undergraduate role models from service families
  • Enables secondary age service children nationally to identify, understand and make the most of their skills and personal capacities, including the strengths gained through their experience as service children, through the development of video and text resources that support their progression into higher education
  • Impacts on the scale of outreach undertaken by universities and colleges in England, through the development of video and text resources that provide a clear rationale and guidance for supporting service children
  • Supports schools with service children, especially those with little experience of supporting service children, through the development of resources that provide information and practical advice on improving educational progression
  • Builds on existing knowledge to establish a more robust account of the higher education success of service children, through the analysis of existing progression data and a review of existing research literature

Further and Higher Progression for Service Children Resources

These resources were funded by the Ministry of Defence Directorate Children and Young People. They provide guidance for supporting service children. Information, worksheets, templates and practical advice on improving educational progression for children from military service families can be downloaded below for use with service children in schools or in University outreach.

Military service children outreach days

Creative Forces outreach days for Hampshire school pupils from military families are organised by the University of Winchester in collaboration with Hampshire County Council


Dates for 2017 Military service children outreach days

  • Wednesday 26th April - Secondary (Years 7-10)
  • Friday 28th April - Primary (Years 4-6)

Previous Military Service Children Outreach Days

The University ran two very successful Creative Forces outreach days for Hampshire school children in June 2015 in a repeat of last year’s successful university experience day run by the University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council (HCC). More pupils and teachers enjoyed an opportunity to share experiences, swap tips, experience university and access advice and support from HCC:

  • Primary schools brought year 5/6 pupils from military service families to the University on 24 June
  • Secondary schools brought year 7-10 pupils from military service families to the University on 26 June
  • The children experienced taster workshops in creative writing with Judy Waite and radio interview skills with tutors from Eagle Radio
  • Hampshire County Council ran a session for teachers offering advice on making the best use of the service pupil premium while the children worked in groups to articulate their tips for schools supporting military service children.
  • University of Winchester students from military backgrounds discussed their experiences and led and supported the groups of children.

For more information:
please email Katherine.Lawrence@winchester.ac.uk