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Armed Forces: Children

Defence written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on improving education provision for children of service personnel based in the UK.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Ofsted's 2010-11 report showed that most children from service families educated in mainstream maintained schools performed as well as, or better than, their non-service peers at the end of each key stage level.

While the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond, has not had any discussions with the Local Government Association (LGA), I recently attended the joint Community Covenant LGA/Ministry of Defence (MOD) conference where schools admissions policy and the additional funding available to schools with service children was raised. MOD officials have also met and continue to meet with LGA representatives to discuss a wide range of issues.

The MOD continues to work with the Department for Education to ensure an effective school admissions policy is developed which takes into account the unique mobility obligations of service families. In addition, the service pupil premium, the £3 million support fund for schools with service children and scholarships for the children of those who have died in the line of duty, have all been implemented recently.

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