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Research shows Service children to be significantly underrepresented at university

Service children’s experiences may often give them skills and attributes valued by universities, but research by the University of Winchester has shown Service children to be significantly underrepresented in our Higher Education institutions and the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is working to find out more. Following the Alliance’s work, the new Office For Students recommends that HE institutions should be looking at support for this group’s access and success at HE. The Service Children’s Progression Alliance has a growing network of hubs across the UK bringing professionals together to make sure this cohort are supported in their education and empowered to make an informed choice about their future.

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SCiP Alliance launches stakeholder consultation: please participate if your role involves supporting the children of Service personnel

The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is committed to enabling Service children to make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education and into thriving adult lives.The Alliance is asking all professionals who have an interest in the educational attainment and progression of Service children to help inform our future strategy and activity plans. If your role involves supporting the children of military personnel please help to shape the future of the SCiP Alliance by telling us how we can make our work most helpful for you.

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University regulator publishes guidance encouraging universities to include Service children in their support and outreach work

The SCiP Alliance has worked closely with the new government regulatory body for higher education, the Office For Students and its predecessor OFFA, to ensure Service children are considered alongside other underrepresented groups when universities formulate their outreach plans with their Widening Participation teams. Work by the SCiP Alliance and its partners is referenced in new guidance published by the OFS to inform institutions’ planning for 2019-20.

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Supporting the education of children from military families

The University of Winchester worked with SCISS (Service Children in State Schools) to host the South East SCISS conference. SCISS is an affiliation of the 6000 plus state maintained schools in England that have children of service personnel on roll. The SCISS National Executive acts as an advisory group to the government on issues around educational disadvantage and promotes good practice in the provision of education for service children.

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Launch of the Service Children’s Progression Alliance’s mission

Launch of new national partnership of organisations focussed on improving outcomes for children from military families. The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance’s mission is to champion the progression of the children of military personnel so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers. Conference delegates from service charities, local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and policy makers discussed the key messages.

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Still places available – SCiP Alliance conference on 28th June in Winchester

There are still some places available to see the excellent line-up of leading policy, research and practice contribution: Conference Keynote: Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP (MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Chair of the APPG for the Armed Forces Covenant) Research keynote: Nicola Fear, King’s College London. A panel discussion chaired by General Sir John McColl (Chairman, Cobseo – The Confederation of Service Charities) will be an opportunity to engage with experts to discuss what bridges will help service children make smooth and confident transitions.

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28 June 2017 – ‘Building Bridges’ Access to further and higher education for young people from military families

Winchester University is delighted to announce an excellent line-up of leading policy, research and practice contributions including: Keynote: Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Chair of the APPG Armed Forces Covenant
Q&A Panel: your chance to hear from and question key policy makers, including Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Ministry of Defence, Offa and Department for Education.

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