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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Costco Wholesale - Armed Forces Membership

Members of the Armed Forces' are eligible to apply for membership of Costco Wholesale. Your spouse or domestic partner also gets a complimentary partner card.

CLICK HERE for more information

SCISS (Schools) Handbook - Updated August 2019


Service children in state schools (SCISS) was formed as a working group to look into the issues relating to English state schools providing for children whose parents serve in the armed forces. It was convened by CEAS (Children’s Education Advisory Service) in the latter part of 2003. CEAS is a UK wide Ministry of Defence (MOD) service which provides information, guidance and support to service families, schools and local authorities and, since 2010, has been part of the MOD’s Directorate for Children and Young People (DCYP).

 SCISS is now an affiliation of more than 1500 state-maintained schools in England which have children of service personnel on roll, led by a National Executive Advisory Committee made up of headteacher and local authority representatives. The group is supported by representatives from the Department for Education (DfE), DCYP, in the forms of Service Children’s Education (SCE, responsible for the provision of education to children of service personnel in a number of locations abroad), CEAS and the Directorate’s Policy Officer. The working group and its two sub-committees, for Strategy and School Improvement respectively, meet at least three times a year to advise government and to develop, through an action plan, strategies which can help schools in England to provide more effectively for the children of service personnel on their rolls.

The SCISS handbook is intended to be a supportive resource, written largely by practitioners in schools for their peers. It is intended to be interactive in the sense that it can be amended to incorporate suggestions to improve the handbook, examples of good practice from users and used to facilitate communication between schools and local authorities with similar needs. It is not a directive.
To view this updated handbook online CLICK HERE 

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Dales Wives Coffee Morning - Community Centre - Wednesday 28th August 2019 10am-12pm


A Career In Teaching

Have you thought about teaching? 

​ETUK Academy trains and supports Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans and Spouses or those who wish to change their career and would like to become an influential classroom teacher through our one-year Diploma in Education & Training (DET) with QTLS Programme. The new programme combines teacher training and practical teaching placement. After completing the induction element, you will be able to start your practical teaching placement within the classroom, gaining new skills and experience to support your teacher training.

There are places available on our next TEACH UK Programme.

To find out more, CLICK HERE

New 50% Saver Rail Fares For Ages 16 & 17

New 16-17 Saver guarantees half-price rail travel for young people.
  • half price 16-17 Saver launching next week for 1.2 million 16 and 17-year olds
  • young people set to make average savings of £186 every year
  • railcards boost education opportunities and help communities and businesses by making travel cheaper for young people
The Department for Transport, together with the rail industry, has confirmed the brand new 16-17 Saver will launch 20 August and guarantees half-price travel for young people in England and Wales.
Whether starting or returning to sixth-form or college, beginning an apprenticeship or entering the world of work, teenagers can start buying their discounted tickets on Monday 2 September 2019.
It is forecast to save young people and their families an average of £186 every year and is set to boost education opportunities, communities and businesses with young people able to travel more affordably.
Available for purchase for £30 online, the 16-17 Saver will be on sale at 9.00am on Tuesday 20 August. From this date, up to 1.2 million young people are eligible for the 50% discount it offers on most rail travel, including peak and season tickets

The Army Welfare Service (AWS)

The aim of Army Welfare Service (AWS) Personal Support is to help serving married and single personnel and families with any personal or family difficulties that arise, by providing a confidential, comprehensive and professional welfare service. They can provide support with the following issues:

Relationship difficulties
Bereavement
CSA concerns
Parenting skills
Child care
Special Needs
Benefits information
Housing
Debt
Equal Opportunities issues
Casualty Support

The AWS is outside of the Chain of Command and can be approached directly. 
If you need to use this service an appointment can be made by calling The IAT Team on 01904 882053 The AWS operates a strict confidentiality policy in accordance with legal requirements. No personal information will be passed to anyone outside of AWS without the persons consent.

For further information CLICK HERE


Once it's Online, it's online. Think twice before you post

Get Safe Online have shared top tips on how to keep your family and yourself safe on social media. Read more HERE

Library Marathon - Storyhouse Chester - Saturday 24th August at 2.30 pm

Children's author @PoetryJoe is on a mission to join every library authority in the UK and to celebrate the vital role libraries play in our lives. Joseph Coelho pops into on Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm
More information can be found HERE

Looking for Military Discounts?


CLICK HERE to see all offers and register

Monday, 19 August 2019

Volunteer for SSAFA Mentoring Service

The SSAFA Mentoring service provides long-term, one-to-one, face-to-face support during transition and for up to two years post discharge to all members of our armed forces. By supporting, guiding and signposting individuals we can ensure a successful transition is achieved. Our volunteer mentors are an integral part of the team supporting the service user into civilian life often helping them to understand and navigate their new environment.

To find out more, please
click HERE