Session 2005-06, 10 March 2006
Educating Service Children
The Defence Committee has decided to hold an inquiry into the education of children of Service personnel. The inquiry will focus on the provision of education in Service schools overseas and the performance of the Ministry of Defence’s Agency, Service Children’s Education, but it will also consider the issues facing children and young people when they return to education in the UK and the schooling, and assistance with schooling, which MoD provides in the UK.
The Committee hopes to obtain the views of those with direct experience of Service education: teachers, Service families and young people who are attending or have attended Service schools. Written submissions, setting out views and highlighting particular issues encountered, should be sent to the Clerk of the Defence Committee by Wednesday 19 April.
During the course of the inquiry, the Committee intends to conduct a web-based consultation to seek people’s views in an interactive manner. Details will be announced shortly.
The Committee plans to hold oral evidence sessions after Easter. Further details and witnesses will be announced in due course.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. Service Children’s Education (an MoD Agency) provides schooling facilities for pupils in Belize, Brunei, Cyprus, Denmark, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany. SCE are also responsible for the provision of help and advice to Service and Ministry of Defence personnel’s families about to be posted overseas or returning to the UK from abroad. Information can be found at http://www.sceschools.com
2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr Colin Breed MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, John Smith MP
3. News Release No. 26
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