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Friday, 22 June 2018

Armed Forces Day 2018 Llandudno

Excitement is brewing throughout the region for the event on the 30 June, with so many people wanting to show their support and say thank you to our serving personnel, veterans, cadets and their families for all the work they do to keep us safe at home and abroad.

On the 30 June, a parade of around 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands will step off from the Llandudno War Memorial at 11am to signal the start of the Armed Forces Day celebrations. The parade, which promises to be an impressive display of both sound and colour, will then march down the road adjacent to the promenade, culminating in a salute to a number of special guests and dignitaries outside Venue Cymru.

Serving personnel, veterans, families, friends and visitors will then have the chance to interact with exhibitions and activities along Llandudno Promenade and Bodafon Fields including static aircraft, armoured vehicles and a diving tank (all assets are subject to operational requirement). A fantastic opportunity for the public to get up close to military assets.

 A special thanks goes to the support of Welsh Government, our charity partners SSAFA, and the Royal British Legion for working with Conwy County Borough Council to make this event possible.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said, "I am delighted Wales has been chosen to host National Armed Forces Day this year, and look forward to joining friends at events in Llandudno in 100 days to formally thank our service men and women. We have a proud military history in Wales, and I also wish to pay tribute to the families of our Armed Forces personnel this year for the sacrifices they have made to support those who so selflessly chose to serve their country."

Cllr Liz Roberts, Armed Forces Champion, Conwy County Borough Council said "Hosting Armed Forces Day is a huge coup for Llandudno, and despite still being 100 days away, an incredible amount of work has already been undertaken behind the scenes to highlight how our seaside town is the right environment for this event and make the forces community proud.

"On Saturday 30 June, Llandudno will become the focal point for the UK as together we acknowledge the hard work and dedication of serving personnel and veterans.

"It's important to mark the 100-day milestone and showcase the support we have within the County of Conwy, across North Wales, and from the Armed Forces towards this fantastic event."
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said "Armed Forces Day is a chance for communities across Wales to say thank you to our service personnel, veterans and their families for their service, commitment and courage.
"And in 100 days' time, all eyes will fall on Llandudno as host to the main nationwide celebration. I will be proud and privileged to be a part of these celebrations, joining thousands of people in expressing our gratitude to the men and women who do so much to preserve our freedom."
Colonel Lance Patterson, Deputy Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, said: "Armed Forces Day 2018 promises to be an important and fine occasion, not just for Llandudno but for the whole of Wales and the rest of the UK. 



Research on experiences of Service families with children with Additional Learning Needs in education in Wales

At the SSCE conference on 12th June we officially launched the 'Research on experiences of Service families with children with Additional Learning Needs in education in Wales' report. You can access the full report here:

Step into Health - Insight Day, Oxford, 24th July 2018

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Step into Health - NHS Employment opportunities


Step into Health - Careers Fair in Leeds 1st August 2018

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Welsh Government support for Service Children in Wales

The Welsh Government has made £200k available to support Service children in Wales for the 2018/19 academic year. Schools can submit individual applications or a cluster bid with other schools. Schools are being invited to bid this term for funding ready for the new term in September. Applications should be sent to ssce@wlga.gov.uk by 30 June 2018. All maintained schools in Wales with at least one Service child currently enrolled are eligible to apply for the grant. Further details including instructions, FAQs and the application form can be located on the SSCE Cymru website: http://www.sscecymru.co.uk/supporting-service-children-in-wales-fund

Guide to the Scottish Education System

The Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), funded by the MoD Education Support Fund, have developed a very useful new website about the Scottish education system which may be of interest and relevance both to Service families already living in Scotland, and those due to be assigned there. The website can be accessed at www.forceschildrenseducation.scot

Support for returning to work in teaching

The Department for Education has published information useful to those who are considering returning to teaching. Specific support is available for secondary maths, physics and Modern Foreign Language returners, or those who are qualified to teach another subject but with support would be able to teach one of those subjects: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching, along with links to register for further support. Information for teachers of other subjects is currently being updated.


Coaching for teachers seeking to return through the Women Leaders in Education programme, focused on those who are interested in progressing to middle or senior leadership is available. Returners can access the support both before and after they secure a teaching post. Most of the coaching is via Skype/phone so is a useful resource for those currently based overseas but returning to England shortly. You can find more information and register for a coach here: https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/women-leading-in-education-coaching-pledge/


A recently-launched pilot is aimed at supporting teachers who have taken time out for caring reasons to return to the classroom. Further detail, with information on how to register, is available: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching/return-to-teaching-caring-related-career-breaks. There has to be a caring-related element to the career break; for example, teachers who have taken up to 5 years out to care for children would be eligible. It’s open to anyone looking to return to teach English, maths, sciences, geography, history, or languages in a secondary school in the West Midlands or South London and the South East.

There are similar support for returners’ programmes in other parts of the public sector; Return to Social Work: https://www.local.gov.uk/return-to-social-work and Return to Health Care Allied Professions: https://hee.nhs.uk/our-work/return-practice-allied-health-professionals-healthcare-scientists

Have you had any dealings with CAFCASS? Feedback wanted

CAFCASS which stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, and CAFCASS Cymru, represent children in family court cases in England and Wales. In Scotland, the role of making independent reports about the best interests of the child is performed by Child Welfare Reporters. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000), and under the rules and directions of the family courts, CAFCASS are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies. Their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. CAFCASS’s Family Court Advisers may be asked by the court to work with families and then advise the court on what they consider to be the best interests of the children involved in three main areas:
* Divorce and separation, sometimes called ‘private law’, where parents or carers can’t agree on arrangements for their children
* Care proceedings, sometimes called ‘public law’, where social services have serious concerns about the safety and welfare of children
* Adoption, which can either be public or private law

The Covenant Team and the Service family federations are working with CAFCASS to increase mutual awareness and understanding. We would be grateful for feedback from Service personnel on their experience if CAFCASS have been involved in proceedings relating to their children during or following the breakdown of a relationship. Please email the Covenant mailbox - COVENANT-MAILBOX@mod.gov.uk – and include CAFCASS in the email subject. Please note that a simple summary of the overall experience from the Service person’s perspective is sought: there is no requirement to provide any details relating to private and sensitive matters, nor should children be named in the email.


Future Accommodation Model - update


FAM website can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-future-accommodation-model
(you can also search 'Future Accommodation Model' on the gov.uk site or on Google)
A summary of FAM can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-accommodation-model-what-you-need-to-know
​Our YouTube video (that also appears on the main gov.uk site) can be found here: https://youtu.be/51PJWcdXRgM