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Source: Wales – City of Newport

Posted on Friday 1st May 2020

Children of Armed Forces personnel in Newport are benefitting from a new package of support to help with their attainment and development, through funding and a dedicated support officer.

It follows Newport City Council’s successful bid in obtaining a grant from the Ministry of Defence Education Support Fund to employ a HM Forces education support officer, who works across education and with third sector organisations to raise awareness of the unique challenges the children of military personnel may face caused by the effects of mobility or deployment.

The council’s HM Forces education support officer has supported several schools in the city with successful bids to Welsh Government’s Supporting Service Children in Education fund, to enable them to support Armed Forces children and ensure they achieve their potential.

Newport has punched well above its weight in the 2019/20 funding round, accounting for 25 per cent of all the successful applications across Wales. 

Newport schools that have been successful in the 2019/20 Welsh Government funding round are:

  • Bassaleg – funding towards ELSA and Thrive training
  • Eveswell Primary – Full funding for ELSA Training
  • High Cross Primary – Funding towards Literacy and Numeracy resources and interventions
  • Mount Pleasant – Funding towards Literacy and Numeracy resources and interventions
  • St Joseph’s High School – Support worker /learning coach and resources
  • Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd – Funding towards Elsa Training

The ELSA and Thrive training will help school staff support the well-being of Service children, and literacy and numeracy resources will assist the children in maintaining their educational progress.

Caerleon Lodge Hill Primary School has also received funding from the MoD Education Support Fund to support Service children.

The HMF education support officer works across both Newport and Monmouthshire. Funding has been secured through the Welsh Government’s grant scheme to extend this work across Gwent for a further term, up until the end of July 2020.

Councillor Gail Giles, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “We are committed to ensuring that all children in our schools achieve their potential whatever their circumstances. 

“It’s really important that we understand how we can best support the children of Armed Forces families and I’m really pleased that our MoD funded project to create an HM Forces education support officer is improving our support for Service children and is being seen as a model for other areas to follow.”

Victoria Lambe, Head of Bassaleg School, said, “We are delighted to have been successful in our application to the fund. The funding will enable us to increase our ELSA capacity, and ensure we are delivering the best possible support to our pupils.

Councillor Mark Spencer, the council’s Armed Forces champion, said: “Through its work to support Service children in education the council is delivering on its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, and we are pleased to be able to support the Armed Forces community in Newport in this very practical way.”

For more information about support for the Armed Forces in Newport visit www.newport.gov.uk/en/About-Newport/Armed-forces/Armed-forces.aspx

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