New group created on Education for Services children

Following a visit to Harestock Primary School on Monday 10th October, Steve Brine raised the issues surrounding the education of children whose parents are in the Armed Forces in the Commons later that day.

As part of Red, White and Blue Day, which itself is part of a series of events marking the Forces' ten years in Afghanistan, Steve chatted to army parents at the school, which has 18% of its pupils in Forces families.

A number of problems were raised in the discussion, in particular securing school places when returning to the UK, and Steve is forming a group with fellow MPs Anna Soubry (Broxtowe) and Andrew Murrison (Westbury) who also raised the issue.

You can see the exchange between Steve and Michael Gove here.

The new group will work with the MoD and Department for Education Ministers specifically on the issue of education for service children.

Steve said: "The time I spent chatting to Army parents at Harestock Primary School was extremely valuable, and they were very clear in letting me know their problems.

"I left Winchester determined to tackle education for service children, and was delighted to hear my colleagues Anna Soubry and Andrew Murrison also speak up on the issue.

"I am very excited about our new group, and while I am under no illusions that this will be an easy journey, we are really going to pull out the stops to work with the MoD and DfE on this."

Pictured; Steve spends time chatting with Forces families at Harestock Primary School

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