Armed Forces: Private Education

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th April 2021.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Continuity of Education Allowance has been claimed in each of the last five years; and if he will provide a breakdown of the ranks that have claimed that allowance.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The aim of Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) is to assist Service personnel to achieve continuity of education for their children that would otherwise be denied in the state-maintained day school sector due to the mobility of their family because of consecutive assignments both in the UK and overseas. CEA is available to all Service personnel, irrespective of rank, subject to them satisfying the qualifying criteria.

Service personnel may select from a wide variety of schools across the UK from within the independent and state-maintained sectors. To qualify for the purposes of CEA, a school must: offer full boarding facilities; be registered with the appropriate UK education department; be subject to Ofsted inspection and, in the case of independent schools, be a member of an organisation affiliated to the Independent Schools Council or the Scottish Council for Independent Schools. Each claimant is required to contribute at least 10 per cent of the fees at independent schools.

During the last five Financial Years (FY, 2015-16 to 2019-20) the cost of CEA to Defence was as follows:

FY

£million

2015-16

81

2016-17

77

2017-18

80

2018-19

80

2019-20

83

The number of Service personnel who claimed CEA during the last five FYs, by rank, was as follows:

NATO RANK

NUMBER OF CLAIMANTS (FY)

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

OF1

6

4

6

11

8

OF2

373

324

313

290

271

OF3

618

578

526

441

424

OF4

679

632

610

529

535

OF5

353

321

282

244

232

OF6

117

119

97

97

92

OF7

35

23

20

22

24

OF8

9

13

11

8

7

OF9

1

2

3

-

-

OR2

38

32

37

31

30

OR3

50

60

75

87

73

OR4

256

259

284

255

268

OR6

366

369

412

381

367

OR7

362

351

363

332

345

OR8

260

220

199

200

209

OR9

148

151

134

122

97

TOTAL

3,671

3,458

3,372

3,050

2,982

Note: a key to NATO Rank Codes and UK equivalencies can be found in the attached document.

NATO Rank Codes and UK equivalencies (docx, 16.6KB)

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