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Military children: What kind of support do they need?

The Service Pupil Premium amounts to £310 per child. How can primary schools make a difference to the wellbeing of service children with little to no budget? Louise Fetigan, founder of the charity Little Troopers, advises

There are more than 100,000 children in the UK who have a parent actively serving in the British Armed Forces and you might be surprised to learn that the vast majority of these children attend a school with fewer than 10 other service children. In fact, it is not unusual for schools to have just one service child on roll.

It is often assumed that service children do not need targeted support unless a child is in crisis or a school has a large cohort of military children, but I would disagree.

While service children do of course benefit from broader school wellbeing initiatives (in the same way their peers do), all service children can at times face unique practical and emotional challenges that have the potential to negatively affect their wellbeing and academic performance.

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