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E d u c a t i o n M a t t e r s A parents‘ guide to claiming Boarding School Allowance T


he Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) (Board) is a provision for eligible Service personnel who opt to educate their children in UK


boarding schools. Te Allowance provides a continuity of education for children who would otherwise have to frequently change schools owing to parental postings. Te allowance does not cover the full cost of fees; parents must make a compulsory


contribution of at least 10%. Not all boarding schools attract the CEA(Board) allowance so care must be taken in your choice of school. The CEAS holds the Accredited Schools Database (ASD) which lists the schools that attract the allowance. From the list parents are free to choose any school but where school fees exceed the allowance parents may find themselves topping it up by a significant amount.


Service personnel in receipt of the CEA(Board) may also be able to claim an extra allowance if their child has been diagnosed as having a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia.


For further details contact Children’s Education Advisory Service, an Agency of the Ministry of Defence, by e-mail: enquiries@ceas.detsa.co.uk or on the helpline: 01980 618244 (civ) 94 344 8244 (Mil)


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