Children in military families to be focus of research project

This is an edited version of an article in the 23 October 2015 edition of TESS. To read the full article, subscribe to TES

A new research project is aiming to find out how children in military families feel about having to switch schools frequently.

Until now, the views of young people have been neglected by researchers looking at the impact of regular changes of school.

The organisations behind the project hope the findings will help improve military children’s time in education.

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust, which helps British armed forces families access education, is backing the work after becoming frustrated with the lack of good research available.

Moira Leslie, a former headteacher and education programme officer at the trust, said: “I got tired of only being able to give schools anecdotal evidence about what they could do to support children from forces families.

“I wanted empirical evidence, but that was impossible to find in the UK let alone Scotland. This piece of research is not asking staff what they think but it will be concerned with the views and experiences of children.”

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