In the UK, responsibility for the making of education law and guidance has been devolved to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh and Irish Assemblies. In England, legislative responsibility for education continues to lie solely with the UK Parliament at Westminster.
The formal devolution of statutory responsibility for education law to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has emphasised existing differences and continued to establish further ones.
These differences can be summarised under the following headings:
- age ranges of phases of education;
- examination and assessment systems;
- curricular structure and content;
- admission systems;
- statutory approaches to meeting children’s special educational/ additional support needs;
- funding routes and arrangements for higher education.
Overseas education for Armed Forces families is dependent on the area to which you are assigned.
Please also take a look at Joint Service Publication 342, which provides policy and guidance for the education of Service children and young people.
The Naval Families Federation is working hard to remove disadvantage to families in the provision of education. We work closely with the MOD’s Armed Forces Families & Safeguarding (AFFS) and Defence Children Services (DCS) and other stakeholders to achieve this aim. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us in carrying out this work, so please do get in touch and let us know about your experiences.