We understand the Service Children (children from military families) might need additional, specialised support when making choices on their education journey and in their progression to Further and Higher Education. On this page, you’ll find information on the extra support Service Children can receive, CPD for teachers working with Service Children, signposting to useful organisations, information and much more. Working with Service Children is a priority for the Shaping Futures team, so we’ll continue to add to this page. If you have any questions, please Contact Us.


Supporting Service Children

This online CPD conference, offered by the Service Children’s Progression Alliance (SCiP) and Future U, Lancashire’s Uni Connect programme is suitable for any staff who are supporting a Service Child. Supporting Service Children takes place over two sessions, on Wednesday 17th March and Thursday 25th March and introduces the Thriving Lives Toolkit, with it’s 7 principles for effectively support Service Children in schools. The conference is free to attend and you can register for a place here.

Advancing Access

Advancing Access have created a blog post for teachers and careers advisors focused on how to support Service Children in school, and with their progression to Higher Education. This resource briefly covers financial support for schools and students, and how to help Service Children prepare for university,

OfS Briefing


The Office for Students has created a briefing for school staff and other practitioners working with Service Children, outlining the issue, providing advice, examples of good practice, and resources. The briefing also includes a short film made by young people from Colburn Catterick Garrison, where they discuss their hopes and plans, and how they fit in with the communities around them. The film aims to challenge stereotypes, raise aspirations, and highlight the importance of community engagement.

Lewis’ Story



We recognise how important it is for students from a military background to see themselves, and students with life experiences similar to theirs represented at university. In this blog for UCAS, Lewis Ritchie, a former Service Child, shares his experience of studying at university and gives advice to other Service Children considering their options. Lewis graduated from York St John University with a degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport and is currently a Masters in research student.



UCAS has dedicated sections for current Service Children and school staff supporting them,  outlining some of the key issues, support available and the plans to add a tick box to the UCAS application form to allow Service Children to declare their status and receive additional support.

SCiP Thriving Lives Toolkit

The SCiP Thriving Lives toolkit provides schools with a framework of 7 principles to reflect on their practice in supporting Service Children, as well as a 3 tier set of CPD resources. This resource is vital for any school staff wanting to ensure the best outcomes for Service Children in their school. Click here to view the introductory animation, toolkit, and self-assessment tool.

Disrupted Education Project

The University of Liverpool Widening Participation and Outreach team offers a comprehensive programme for students who have experienced a disrupted education, which we recognise may be the case for some Service Children. The University of Liverpool can offer:

  • Bespoke information and guidance from designated outreach staff, to support the transition to university
  • Support with transport to enable participation in Open Days and Applicant Discovery Days
  • Financial support (eligibility criteria applies)
  • 365-day accommodation during your studies
  • Opportunity to work as a Student Advocate within the WPO team

Please click here for more information.


The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is a partnership of organisations focused on improving outcomes for children from military families. Hosted by the University of Winchester and supported by the Ministry of Defence, the SCiP Alliance supports education practitioners to champion the progression of the children of military personnel, so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers.

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