Happy Boy Child Arms Up (Picture: Army Design Studio).
Happy child (Picture: Army Design Studio).

Thousands of service children to benefit from extra funding

Hows the MOD Education Support Fund helps schools to support service children.

Happy Boy Child Arms Up (Picture: Army Design Studio).
Happy child (Picture: Army Design Studio).

Armed Forces Families and Safeguarding has announced the results from the 2022 MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) bidding round.

The MOD Education Support Fund (ESF) is open to publicly funded schools, Academies and free schools in the UK attended by Service children, where schools are faced with mitigating the effects on those Service children whose parents are subject to frequent mobility/deployment.

Schools are a vital part of supporting service families.

Children may have to change school when their service parent is posted. Alternatively, schools sometimes find themselves supporting a pupil when a parent is absent for a long time.

The 2022 MOD Education Support Fund is available to support schools in embedding practices that can benefit the service children and their school.

The latest bidding round closed on 30 September 2021 and results are in.

There was considerable interest in the 2022 bidding round with 114 applications received from across the UK requesting just short of £4 million.

Since 2011, the ESF has distributed more than £40 million.

In total, 69 applicants secured funding from the 2022 ESF (22 full, 47 partial) and the funding will directly benefit approximately 16,500 Service children across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

During December 2021, result letters will be circulated to all applicants. All grants will be paid before the end of the current financial year.

More details about the ESF can be accessed here - www.gov.uk/government/publications/mod-support-fund-for-schools-with-service-children-grant-application-pack.