A seminar focusing on the needs of Forces children and how they are supported at school is being hosted by Kingston University and Reading Force…

The event will see the University’s teacher training students hear from policy makers and education and military professionals about issues facing Forces children, how they can be supported as they transition between schools, how to reach and engage Forces parents, and how to connect Forces children with their peers in school.

The seminar, organised by Kingston University publishing expert and founder and director of Reading Force Dr Alison Baverstock, will give guidance to trainee teachers. There are an estimated 130,000 children from Forces families in schools across the United Kingdom.

Current teacher training courses cover how to recognise a child at risk or spot those with learning difficulties but the University and Reading Force are teaming up to seek the same focus for Forces children, with them regularly having to move locations and change schools and experience a parent being away from home, sometimes for long periods.

Dr Baverstock, an Army wife of 30 years, said: “We are really pleased Kingston University is providing this important opportunity to trial a contribution that we would like to see embedded nationally within teacher education programmes.

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