Two powerful films and a bank of digital stories were launched on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, to raise awareness of what life is like for armed forces children in school in Wales.
The films have been made by pupils, parents and staff at Llantwit Major High School and Prendergast Community Primary School with support from the Ministry of Defence, the Army Families Federation, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Storyworks UK. The initiative has been coordinated by the Welsh Local Government Association’s Supporting Service Children in Education Cymru project (SSCE Cymru).
The high profile launch event was sponsored by Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education who was joined by local authority leaders and high ranking members of the Armed Forces in Wales.
Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AM said:
‘Children of service personnel sometimes move around a lot which can impact on the stability of their education. It is important, therefore, that we provide information and support to make sure their learning is not adversely affected. We hope these online films and digital stories will help schools and local authorities understand the circumstances that service children sometimes find themselves as well as providing a snap shot into the lives of service children in Wales today.’
Pictured below with Kirsty Williams is Mrs Davies, Mr Voros and Mrs Reynolds at the launch event.
All the films will be available on the project website www.sscecymru.co.uk
As part of the STEPS team, with support from the Service Children in Education Grant, Prendergast Primary offers a rich provision for learners from an MOD background.
Children from an MOD background are included in all activities you will see on our website. We are fully aware of the number of journeys MOD children take before they arrive at the school. Once a child arrives at Prendergast, they are part of our “School Family” along with the rest of our learners.
Mrs Kay Reynolds is our MOD Keyworker. In her role, Mrs Reynolds looks after the wellbeing and supports the learning of MOD Learners.
When children join our school, Mrs Reynolds is on hand to support children as they enter the school. She sends information to children and parents / carers before they arrive, a DVD showing what happens as part of the induction process, and meets children and adults when they arrive at the school. Mrs Reynolds oversees the induction progress and “Passport”. (A “getting to know you” document telling staff all about the child, things that they like and enjoy and helping the child to get to know the school and staff.)
During an MOD child’s life at Prendergast, they have the option to speak to Mrs Reynolds or any member of our wellbeing team if they have a problem, or need support. Support is also on hand should a child requires additional support in their learning.
If parents and carers have any questions about our school, any concerns about their child’s induction, or just to have a chat about themselves, Mrs Reynolds is available every Friday morning as part of our “Forces Friday” Drop-in Clinic. No appointment is necessary at this time, but should you require something specific, please leave a message on the answerphone service to let us know you will be attending and what you require.
If you are mobilised to Cawdor and looking for support in arranging a placement in a Haverfordwest School, please get in touch below.
Please fill in the form below to send a message to Mrs Reynolds. Please do not send confidential information through this facility.