ARMED forces families are being urged to help inform their children’s education, following the launch of a new survey by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA).

Launched as an online questionnaire for Armed Forces parents with children who go to school in Wales, the survey is part of a new project designed to raise awareness of the educational needs of children of military personnel.

The survey offers parents an important opportunity to comment on their experiences and to provide feedback on the issues that are important to them. It will be followed in the spring with events for schools, Service families, local councils, Welsh Government and other organisations to discuss the main issues that may affect Service children and children of veterans during their education based on the findings.

SSCEThe project will use the information collected to promote awareness of the potential and specific challenges faced by children from Armed Forces backgrounds and to make sure that education providers are well equipped to offer the best support possible.

Commenting on the launch of the survey, Cllr Brendan Toomey (Merthyr), WLGA Spokesperson for Armed Forces said: “If you are from an Armed Forces background and your child is educated in Wales, then you have a vitally important role to play by helping to shape the educational support your child receives by completing the survey and sharing your experiences.

“The survey is completely anonymous and secure, and the information will be used to ensure that our schools and education practitioners are well equipped to support armed forces children, and to deal with any specific issues they may face during their education in Wales.”

To find out more and to complete the survey, visit

Keep up-to-date with the project by following @sscecymru on Twitter.

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