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Monday, 18 December 2017

Service Pupil Premium 2018 - Updated Information

SERVICE PUPIL PREMIUM 2018


This message is for the attention of Regular Forces Service parents based in England.


If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.


The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.


Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date.


You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. (Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service should be classed as Service children) This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database. For more information on eligibility, please see the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/service-premium-information-for-schools

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-allocations/pupil-premium-2015-to-2016-conditions-of-grant

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know



For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children's Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244.

SSAFA Office - At the Dale


There is a SSAFA office at The Dale.  
It is run by:
Julie Magee
Tel: 01244 650925

The Office is open:
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 12.30

For further information about SSAFA visit:

Friday, 15 December 2017

Royal British Legion Events 2018

There are lots of events throughout the year including commemorative and Remembrance events, fundraising activities and those that are just plain fun.

Little Troopers - Tri Service Separation Packs


BRAND NEW Tri-service Separation Packs

Tri-service Separation Packs are now available! Perfect for any British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force family (regular or reserve)
Suitable for short or long separations;
World map & Stickers
10 x Chuff Charts Sheets & complete stickers
6 x Illustrated Postcards
Photo Frame
Little Trooper passport
Separation Booklet

View more and order here.....

Pupil information profile for Military Service Children

The Pupil information profile (PIP) form is a transfer document which is consistent for all pupils in any school setting to support specific aspects of a pupil’s background and learning.
It contains core information that supports a young person’s future learning as s/he moves to a new school. It also signposts the receiving school to any further additional, significant information about the young person. 


It contains information that supports a young person’s future learning and parents are encouraged to bring this to the attention of their child’s school about using it as a helpful tool, when the child is about to move to another school. It is intended to support continuous learning by identifying the pupil’s current and future learning needs.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC)

Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC) – New Members

Veterans UK is part of the Ministry of Defence with responsibility for the administration of Compensation and Pension Schemes and for the provision of Welfare services to veterans. It also acts as the Sponsor Department for the Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC), a Non-Departmental Public Body whose Chairmen and Members are appointed by the Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans.

The roles of the VAPC include raising awareness of the War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Schemes, the Veterans UK Welfare Service and the availability of cross government support to Veterans and their families assisting veterans in accessing local services as envisaged under the Armed Forces Covenant. The VAPC also provide support to Veterans UK by monitoring its welfare service and assisting individuals with any problems or complaints they have regarding the war pensions or AFCS claims process and much more besides.

The VAPC is looking for new members for 12 of its 13 regional committees and 2 Chairmen, one to lead the Wales committee and another to lead the South East committee. The positions are voluntary, unpaid roles but travel, subsistence and loss of earnings may be payable.


For full details please see these links 

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Future Accommodation Model (FAM) Update


SEE ALSO LATEST NEWS AT THIS VIDEO 

Financial Top Tips for Service Personnel


Service personnel and their families can experience difficulty in accessing commercial products and services due to their mobility and time spent outside the UK. This guidance provides service personnel and their families with top tips on getting a fair deal when they need to access financial services.

Includes advice on loans, credit ratings, mortgages, insurance related items and BFPO addresses. Read further HERE

Friday, 24 November 2017

Armed Forces Accommodation Allowance - Income Tax Exemption


For Information please click on link below:


Do you receive an Armed Forces Pension?





Have HM Revenue & Customs used the correct primary source of income to calculate your Tax Code?

For more information use the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/do-you-receive-an-armed-forces-pension

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Carillionamey - non-urgent housing repair requests


You can now log a new non-urgent Housing repair request, quickly and easily, via an online form available on our website without calling our Customer Service Centre. All New Requests will be responded to within 1 working day: follow the link: http://housing.carillionamey.co.uk/repairs-maintenance/booking-a-repair/


Friday, 17 November 2017

Career Opportunities - AGC (SPS) Soldiers



Little Troopers Treasures is a project LTT partnered with Harper Collins, to bring children's books to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

The service family downloads the app then creates a family login, the service person then logs in wherever they may be (WIFI needed) or before they go away and records some stories, the app captures their face, voice and the book pages.

Once done the app zips up the story with lots of love and immediately the service child can go to the Little Trooper mode of the family login and there will be a surprise story waiting! They can watch the stories, or listen, over and over again.

There are also some free supporting resources for families to accompany this app, a weekly planner sheet to print off and use plus separation diaries for both parent and child to complete while separated and then share once reunited.

All the information and download links plus the resources files to print off can be found HERE

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

Free Story App for all British Armed Forces


We wanted to brighten your Monday and let you know a bit more about our free story reading app for British Armed Forces families from us at Little Troopers, we'd love for you to let all your families know that this resource is available for them to use.

Little Troopers Treasures is a project we partnered with Harper Collins children's books to bring to forces families, currently there are nine books available to record.

For further information - http://www.littletroopers.net/treasures/

Friday, 10 November 2017

Go Ape - DDS Discount


Go Ape offer members of Defence Discount Service a 10% discount on Forest Segways and Tree Top Adventures Sundays to Fridays inclusive. To find out more and how to book visit:

www.defencediscountservice.co.uk

Army Mediation Service

Monday, 30 October 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017

citizenAID App


Simply download The free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.
The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.
The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK.
 Click HERE for more information

Handy pension information at your fingertips


Using your smartphone, you can now access all things to do with the Armed Forces Pension super quickly, and in one nifty place including the Pension Calculator. 
This facility is quick and easy access to enable you to find out more about your Armed Forces pension and what it is worth.  It provides handy links to more in depth pension information and booklets if required and the pension calculator where a personalised forecast can be generated in a matter of minutes.  It is a one stop shop for you as current serving personnel and veterans accessible anywhere via your Smartphones.
To save it to your smartphone, simply load the website by typing in grablife.moneyforce.org.uk to your browser. Then click on the 'menu' button (Android) or tap on the 'add to homescreen' function on the Safari control bar (Apple) and then you will see your own icon appear to use as you need it!

CarillionAmey - Text Message

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

What Next ? Resettlement Guide - Issue 2 2017

To read the on-line version,
please click

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit

thumbnail of the workplace wellbeing toolkit
Click on image to enlarge

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Chester Football Club - Player Development Centre 2017/2018 Programme

Helping young footballers to reach their potential, the Chester FC Player Development Centres offers advanced training with professional coaches in a positive environment.
Further details can be found HERE




Wednesday, 27 September 2017

SSAFA - Something on Your Mind - Contact Forcesline


Forcesline is a free and confidential telephone helpline and email service that provides support for serving and ex-service men and women and reserves from the Armed Forces and for their families. As an independent charity, SSAFA is not part of the military chain of command.


Our team are here to listen and not to judge. We can give you factual information and 'signpost' ways forward to assist you.

We can also speak with you in confidence if you, or someone you know, are absent without leave (AWOL).

Further information can be found HERE

Monday, 25 September 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

Carillionamey: Customer Translator Service



Did you know that Carillionamey have a Language Line?

They subscribe to a service called Language Line, which allows them to create a three way call with a customer who isn’t fluent in our language and may require an interpreter.


If you need the service, or know someone who would benefit, call the Carillionamey 
0800 707 6000 number and state the language you need when you’re through to an advisor. 
The advisor will then get a translator on the line.



New SSAFA Single Point of Contact for RAF Personnel



As part of their contract to provide a Personal Support & Social Work Service (PS&SWS) to the Royal Air Force, SSAFA have introduced a new Single Point of Contact facility.
This single point of contact will complement exisiting SSAFA contact arrangements and offer a telephone call handling and referral capability which particularly supports those Service personnel and families who are located away from on-station welfare provision.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

HIVE Information Centres - You Ask, We Answer


Don't Forget .......
Your HIVE can help you by finding answers to questions about many aspects of living within a military community and has useful information to help with relocating including how to apply for Service Families Accommodation, Schools, Finding Doctors and Dentists and much more. 
In addition, your HIVE always has up to date information about your military community and the local area. 

Tax-Free Childcare



Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare will be available to millions of working families across the UK, and over time it will replace childcare vouchers, which will close to new entrants from April 2018. Voucher schemes remain open to existing members.

Eligible parents with children under 12 (under 17 for disabled children) will be able to set up an online childcare account to pay their childcare providers directly. For every £8 parents pay in, the Government will add £2, up to a maximum contribution of £2,000 per child, per year (£4,000 per year for disabled children). To qualify, parents must be in work, this includes self-employment, and each expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £100,000 per year.

Using the Childcare Checker, parents will be able to find out which providers have signed up in their area. The scheme will gradually become available to different age groups from 28 April 2017 with all eligible parents being able to access the scheme by the end of 2017.

Parents who have registered with the ‘keep me updated’ tool will be notified when they become eligible.

Childcare providers have a pivotal role in Tax-Free Childcare. They need to sign up so that parents can use Tax-Free Childcare to pay them; thousands have already done so.

To find out more about the new and existing offers, including the introduction of 30 Hours free childcare from September 2017 for eligible working parents and how they can help you, go to the Childcare Choices website at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk where you will find the childcare calculator www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator to help you compare the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for your family.

MOD personnel based within the United Kingdom will have the same access to these new Childcare Choices as any other citizen, in line with the Armed Forces Covenant. Since 2013 the Ministry of Defence has been working closely with other government departments to ensure that these changes to childcare choices can be mirrored, so far as it is reasonably practicable to do so, for entitled MOD personnel based outside the United Kingdom. Full details of the required changes or additions to MOD policies will be published shortly, once the changes have been published on the Government’s Childcare Choices webpage.

Alternatively, email: DCYP-DCYP-Mailbox@mod.uk for further information.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Little Troopers Treasures now available on Android tablet & iPad

Now available on Android tablet & iPad!

Brand new app for British Armed Forces families

Little Troopers Treasures is free to download and use for all British Armed Forces families, helping you stay connected even when separated by miles. No military parent needs to ever miss bedtime stories again!
  • Supported by Harper Collins Children's Books there are six book titles you can access now with more coming in October
  • Record your face, your voice and the book pages, once you are done wrap up with love and your Little Trooper can watch and listen over and over again
  • You can access anywhere you just need WiFi
  • You can also record memories in the memory box
  • There are supporting resources that are free to download and print to use with the app including separation diaries for parent & child and activity sheets such as a weekly planner
BBC news recently covered our Little Trooper Treasures app, hear from a Royal Navy family how it made a difference to them HERE
Find Out More

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Extended Free Childcare Entitlement in Overseas Locations

EXTENDED FREE CHILDCARE ENTITLEMENT IN OVERSEAS LOCATIONS

BACKGROUND

1. In overseas locations the MOD provides services (or access to services) that, so far as is reasonably practicable, conform in type, scope and standard to that required by legislation in England (but paying due regard to the equivalent legislation in the Devolved Administrations).

2. The 2006 Childcare Act provided for 15 hours of childcare per week for 38 weeks of the year for 3 and 4 year olds free of charge. In overseas locations the MOD currently delivers this entitlement through places at MOD-provided settings or through access to the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

3. The 2016 Childcare Act provides for an extension of the current entitlement and offers an additional 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year of free childcare for children that are eligible, with effect from 1 September 2017.

4. The additional 15 hours will be available to families where both parents are working (or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family) a minimum of 16 hours each per week. Parents each earning £100,000.00 or more do not qualify for the additional entitlement.

ENTITLEMENT

5. The additional entitlement will be introduced by government on 1 September 2017 across England and is mirrored in MOD locations overseas, using the same eligibility criteria defined under the 2016 Childcare Act above.

6. The additional entitlement has been trialled across England prior to the rollout on 1 September 2017. The MOD entitlement will not be backdated to include these periods.

7. In overseas locations where the MOD-provided settings have sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through those settings, free of charge. Free childcare cannot be claimed when using childminders or nannies.

8. In overseas locations where there are no MOD-provided settings, or where MOD-provided settings lack sufficient capacity, the additional entitlement will be provided through the MOD Overseas Nursery Allowance.

9. The entitlement applies to eligible Service Personnel and entitled Civilians only. The latter means UK Based Civil Servants posted overseas or Specially Recruited for Overseas Service. Fee-paying contractors cannot apply.

Monday, 17 July 2017

CarillionAmey - Rodents - Control/Treatment - All Year Round


If you suspect you have rodents in your property, read our advice on how to treat the problem and the steps you can take to prevent future infestations. It also advises how we treat different rodents and how long treatment normally takes. Click HERE to read more