This briefing was prepared for the House of Commons Defence Committee to help inform its inquiry into the education of Service children, its third in a series of inquiries looking at the workings of the Armed Forces Covenant.

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The Armed Forces Covenant was published in May 2011 and sets out the relationship between the nation, the state and the Armed Forces. The Covenant sets out that children of members of the Armed Forces should have the same standard of, and access to, education (including early years services) as any other UK citizen in the area in which they live.

This briefing is based on an online consultation of over 1,000 Armed Forces personnel and their families carried out by the National Audit Office. The purpose of the consultation was to gain insight into how the Covenant is working ‘on the ground’. The consultation provides an illustrative (rather than representative) picture of the education experiences of Service children.

April 2013