Covenant | 41 Insight into North Kesteven

Academy’s Service FamilyLiaison Officer

Once aweek we have aYouth Worker from alocal RAF station come into school and run alunchtime club for the students. This offers the students achance

to get together in arelaxed, friendly environment away from the general hub-hub of the lunchtime break. They do avariety of fun activities and it also gives them a chance to talk to someone outside of school, with perhaps

adifferent perspective, about any issues they may have. Iam also currently helping ayear 11 student at home supporting him in maths and science.

“my advice would be to have adesignated member of staff to work and support the students and families.”

by David Airey

We currently have around 80 service family students at the Lincoln- based academy,out of atotal of 1200 students, including sixth form students.

Through this programme we are able to support the students and their families in avariety of ways. All families were sent aletter at the start of the year asking how Icould help them. The majority of those who replied simply wanted some support for their child. This ranged from academic, social and moral support. Whilst we also have avery good careers officer they sometimes ask for help in researching career paths and advice on university options. Sometimes students need alittle extra support if aparent or career is away on aposting.

As well as working with these students Ialso support students put forward by members of staff.Ingeneral this support is academic, however,occasionally some students need help in dealing with stress and alack of confidence.

The academy also offers support to several of our local primary schools with specific programmes planned. We enjoy aclose relationship with RAF Waddington and Ialso attend the Children and Young Peoples Board meetings several times ayear and discuss issues around service family children.

The students from our military families are in the main, high achievers and contribute much to academy life. As aresult most of the support needed is that of an academic nature however we still do have to deal with afew relationship issues.

It is very satisfying when students thank you for the support they have received and appreciate what you have done for them. The feedback we receive is always positive and the main comment is that they just like to know that there is someone there who they can go to if need be.

Advice to schools

For schools /academies receiving service family students for the first time my advice would be to have adesignated member of staff to work and support the students and families. Be aware that friendship groups will be already in place so it may be difficult for new students to settle in, so a“buddy”system could be helpful.

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