The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation, ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
The covenant focuses on helping members of the Armed Forces community, experience neither advantage nor disadvantage due to Service and therefore have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant, visit:
At Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan we demonstrate our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant through the following activities:
The SSCE Cymru definition of a Service child is:
The definition of a Service child varies between different organisations but are always consistently focused on supporting children of Service personnel.
See the SSCE Cymru video on Service children experiences for an overview (coming soon)
The UNCRC recognises that children are in a different situation than adults and will often have varied needs because childhood involves stages of physical and emotional development. Our school recognises that the child of a Service family may at some point in their lives need support in learning and mental health and wellbeing due to their unique circumstances. This could be due to mobility, deployment, education and/or social needs.
At Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan we provide support and advice to ensure that Service children are provided with every opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and fulfil their potential. We aim for Service children to receive their full entitlement to statutory services and support and suffer no disadvantage due to their parent’s service commitments; this is the underpinning principle of the Armed Forces Covenant. We aim to provide support that is proactive and preventative as well as being responsive to emerging needs.
Awareness of the number of Service children at Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan enables us to understand their needs and access support/funding if required. On admission to the school we ask the following question as part of our enrolment process, then log the details on the internal school data systems. Annually, we share the total number of Service children enrolled at our school with SSCE Cymru
“Is the child a member of a Service family? (A child whose parent(s) is/are currently serving or have previously served in the Royal Navy/Royal Marines, British Army, Royal Air Force or as a Reservist.)”
It is important that we listen to Service children themselves to learn about their experiences and find out what support they need and what opportunities that would like. At Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan we do this through offering all learners an opportunity to be involved in pupil voice programmes. We also run pupil voice groups specifically for Service children, using the SSCE Cymru Tool 11. GUIDANCE: Service children pupil voice.
Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan recognise the commitments our Armed Forces families and wider community make and we promote those achievements in the school in a positive and respectful manor. Some examples of how we engage with the Armed Forces community and celebrate the achievements of the Armed Forces include:
Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan recognises that Service families may not be able to take holidays together at other times during the school year. The headteacher, Mr D Hood, does have a discretionary power to authorise leave for a family holiday during term-time where parents seek permission. When submitting a request for term-time absence, a Service family should provide a letter from their unit with confirmation of their need to be absent.
When making a decision about term-time absence, the headteacher will consider:
Although the study of Welsh or Welsh Second Language is compulsory to the end of Key Stage 4, there is no requirement on schools to enter a learner for a particular qualification. Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan considers the best interests of Service children and will always ensure that learners have access to the whole curriculum.
The decision to disapply a pupil from part of the National Curriculum, including Welsh as a second language, will be considered by the headteacher in very rare circumstances, reviewing the need to disapply on an individual basis and taking all factors into consideration.
Our school has been successful in securing the following funding:
The success of this funding has enabled us to:
For any queries regarding Service children or the support offered by Ysgol Gynradd Llandegfan, please contact:
Name: Mr D Hood
Job title: Headteacher
Phone number: 01248713431