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Thursday, 19 January 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for Parents & Schools - Changes to the Special Educational Needs Additions to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance

Important Information for Parents and Schools

Changes to the Special Educational Needs Addition to the MOD Continuity of Education Allowance
(JSP 752 Part 2(V29.0 Jan 17) Chapter 9, Sections 2 and 4) 
Details can be seen at this link

Social Networking - Stay Safe

Legal Services for the Armed Forces - Bower & Bailey

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Oxfordshire County Council - Admissions to infant and primary schools


Admissions to infant and primary schools

Details of applying to start infant and primary school for the first time.

Children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 will be starting reception from September 2017.
Children attending an infant school and born between 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010 will be transferring to junior school in September 2017.
How to apply
The deadline for infant and primary applications was 15 January 2017.
If you missed this deadline complete a paper application form (pdf format, 98Kb) and ensure it reaches the Admissions Team no later than 5 May 2017
Your application will be considered on 12 June 2017. 

Make sure you understand the admissions process before applying

Key dates
  • 15 January 2017 - Deadline for on-time applications
  • 18 April 2017 - Offer of school places sent by second class post and email
  • 5 May 2017 - Deadline for accepting or declining school places, and deadline for receipt of late application forms, continued interest list forms and changes of preference
  • 12 June 2017 - Second allocation round
  • September 2017 - start of the school year

Important things to remember when applying

  • It is the responsibility of parents/carers to apply for a school place by the deadline of 15 January 2017
  • If your child is attending nursery classes within a primary school, you must still apply for a place in the main school
  • You can list three different schools in order of preference. We strongly advise you to use all three preferences
  • We advise you to enter your catchment (or designated) school as one of your preferences
  • Attending your catchment school does not entitle you to free home to school transport if it is not your closest school and / or under two miles away
  • If your application is late, you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Latest Offers from Forces Cars Direct

With the New Year here are some great new offers from Forces Cars Direct.
These are low monthly payment offers on personal contract hire and are available for all serving and retired members but also family and friends!

These are also available to view on our website at  

Friday, 13 January 2017

Moving Schools Booklet pack

Are you due for a new assignment or leaving the Army? 
The below pack of three booklets are available FREE from the HIVE. These have proved to be a valuable addition to aid the transition for service children.
The packs were produced as a result of a number of meetings between Service Families and Schools. The meetings were organised by HIVE Information Officers in the South and supported by CEAS (Children's Education Advisory Service)
The pack contains:

Booklet 1, 
A Guide For Parents (to keep at home) 
Using your Moving On Pack
Schools attended
Examples of your child's work
First visit
Information for schools

Booklet 2, 
Children's Activity Pack (to keep at home)
What do you enjoy doing?
Looking forward, looking back
Keeping friends
New address cards
Address book
Booklet 3,
Schooling History (to hand to the new teacher)
Schools attended details

'SEND' System for Special Educational Needs Support in Schools

To download the Department of Education's SEND guide, 'Special educational needs and disability: A guide for parents and carers' please click HERE

Service families with queries about SEN can access support from the Children's Education Advisory Service.

Flowchart extracted from http://www.specialneedsjungle.com/new-send-system-flow-chart-part-1-sen-support/ 

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Already Working in Care? Want to earn a littel extra cash? Cherwell Care are looking to recruit "Bank Staff"


 If so we would like to hear from you!! Cherwell Care are looking for dedicated, warm and passionate care workers to cover shifts on a 'bank staff' basis. 
We offer flexible shift patterns between the hours of 7am and 10pm Mon - Sun. 
Salaries range from £4,586.40 to £16,926.00. 
Uniform and a company smart phone is provided free of charge as well as funded Diplomas, specialist qualifications and the Care Certificate Award. 
A generous mileage supplement is also paid tax free! 
We are looking for the right people with the right values to become part of our exceptional team in Cherwell. 
If you think this could be you, please get in touch on 01869 243839 or office@cherwellcare.co.uk.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Career Transition Partnership - Young Adults' Job Finding Bulletin

Please follow this link to read further details

AFF to launch new employability campaign

AFF to launch new  
employability campaign 
AFF and Manpower
AFF is proud to announce our latest campaign in support of spousal employment. We've teamed up with workforce experts Manpower to bring Army families accessible employability advice and support at a local level.
Our launch event takes place on Thursday 9 February at 9.30am; all are welcome, whatever stage you're at in your career. Further sessions will be held until the 25 May, between 9.30am and 12.30pm, at the Beeches Centre in Bulford, Salisbury, for spouses and partners to drop in, free of charge, and access a range of support and guidance.
Sessions will take place during the regular weekly coffee morning at the centre, which will continue as normal. We are keen to make these sessions as inclusive and family friendly as we can - so feel free to bring the children along with you.
We'll have consultants, Manpower trainers and AFF staff on hand to help give your career and skills the kick-start they need. Sessions will feature a useful range of CV support, guidance on approaching the job market, career profiling and interview techniques, as well as access to live jobs and more...
For more information on this exciting initiative, click here or to find out more about the employment and training support AFF can offer you, email
AFF and Manpower logos

Service Children - 'Hop - A - Croc' Board Game

Hop-A-Croc aims to help Service Children share with their non-Service peers some of their experiences and thoughts which may promote a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges frequently faced by Service children.

If you feel your child or children or your child (ren's) school would benefit please e-mail
the HIVE to reserve a FREE edition of the game.
For 2- 4 players age 6 and above.

Oxfordshire Autisitc Society - Coffee & Chat - NEW VENUE Dalton Barracks Community Centre

Monday, 9 January 2017

Army Welfare Service Community Activities - Bicester

Army Welfare Service - Volunteers Needed - Training Available

Guidance from the NSPCC regarding online safety for children - keep your child safe!

Click on the link for information and guidance on online safety for children

Contacting Carillionamey - Phoning From A Mobile Or Abroad

Calls to the Carillion Amey Helpdesk 0800 707 6000 number from a mobile will incur a cost.  Please use the direct line number provided below.  

This goes to the same option number so is no different to the 0800 one, but will be included in talk time plans, or may cost less when calling from abroad.

The number is 0151 728 1630

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

British Forces Resettlement Services

All at BFRS would like to wish you a Happy New Year, 2016 was really beneficial for those that attended the National Employment  & Career Fairs with many gaining employment and others retraining to progress in their own individual transition.
 2017 National Employment & Career Fairs

The first event on the BFRS calendar, is the National Employment & Careers Fair @ Aldershot. 
This event will take place on the 19th January at the Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre, followed by:
  • 6th April - Catterick - Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre
  • 18th May - Virtual Career Event
  • 6th July - Midlands - Greetham Valley Golf & Conference Centre, Oakham
  • 7th September - Tidworth - Tidworth Leisure Centre
  • 23rd November - Catterick - Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre
​For further information on any of the events this year, and the services BFRS provide the Armed Forces Community please contact a member of the BFRS team.
Phone: 0116 254 5477

MoneyForce: Financial Guidance on Returning to the UK From Germany

Whether your posting to Germany has been for a short time or many years, it’s the end of an era! Preparations are in place to bring you back, but there are some things you need to sort out yourself.
The cost of things like utilities, groceries and fuel is higher in the UK – see Numbeo, the Cost of living calculator, so you’ll need to review your finances to take account of the extra costs.

You’ll lose things like Local Overseas Allowance, free membership to clubs and gyms, free summer schemes and travel for children at boarding school and tax-free goods. But, on the other hand, you may be closer to family, friends and schools, so some expenses won’t be needed.

Get MoneyFit by planning ahead to make sure your return home goes as smoothly as possible. Just follow our A-F guide at:  https://www.moneyforce.org.uk/Your-career/During-Service/Posting-overseas-getting-ready/Returning-from-Germany

Healios - Innovative online service delivery

For more information and to explore the website - please follow this link

HIVE Transition Information Handout for Service Personnel & Families

Are you leaving the Services?

 The HIVE Transition Information Handout is a comprehensive resource list, designed to enable Service personnel and their families to fully research all available information on Transition from one document.

The core topics covered are Housing, Health, Education, Employment and Welfare, plus there are signposts to organisations that are able to assist with resettlement and transition and also links to relevant publications and videos.

The HIVE Transition Information Handout is available now from your nearest HIVE
Please get in touch if you would like a copy.

Domestic abuse: guidance and support

Information and guidance for those affected by or dealing with cases of domestic abuse in the armed forces community.

This site is for members of the armed forces community who are male or female victims, perpetrators looking to change their behaviour, military or civilian practitioners, chain of command or concerned family and friends.

Are you a concerned family or friend?

Who can help?

NHS England - Young Carers in Armed Forces Families

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

MoneyForce needs YOU!

MoneyForce needs YOU!

Are you a MoneyForce fan that likes to help others get MoneyFit?
Would you like to play a part in shaping the future direction of MoneyForce?
Think you can help us with the design of new digital tools and apps?
Or even if you’re not a fan, but think you know what’s missing from MoneyForce, we want to hear from you!
We’re aiming to set up a small group of 6-8 MoneyForce ‘Super users’ to meet up twice a year to discuss MoneyForce and for you to feed back to us the views of your friends and colleagues.

What we want

The MoneyForce Users Forum will play an important part in the future content, design and tools of the website, helping us make it better and more useful for you and your needs.
The group will represent all four services, and include spouses/family members and veterans as well as active service personnel. We would like representatives of different ranks (up to junior officers) to ensure that everyone’s views are represented.

What you get

All UK travel expenses will be paid and refreshments provided at the meetings. If you’re stationed abroad you can Skype in to meetings (timings permitting!).
We would expect the first Users Forum to meet up in early 2017.
In addition to the twice-yearly group meetings, there may be opportunities to user-test new tools and features before they go live.

How to take part

If you would like to be part of this exciting new step in the life of MoneyForce, please email us at moneyforce@britishlegion.org.uk and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d like to join the group.
Look forward to hearing from you!

CarillionAmey - New Customer Housing Portal - Important Information


Service to Civvy - Are You Pension Ready?

Are you pension ready? Defence Business Services have launched a campaign to help you on the road.

MOD’s Veterans UK organisation, part of DBS, has launched a campaign to encourage service personnel, veterans and their families to get ‘pension ready’ there is also a Service to Civvy short guide (PDF, 103KB) available in support.

Here is a short video which explains the campaign.

For further information please follow this link

House Insurance: Buildings, Contents or Both?

See page 10 of the Housing Matters magazine for more information Click HERE

Army Money Facts – Winter Edition

Edition 2 of Army Money Facts provides information on:
allowances, financial considerationsof re-joining the Armed Forces
 … and much more. 
Follow the link below for more information

SSAFA Forcesline - Need to Talk Freephone - 0800 731 4880

Armed Forces Free Weekend Holidays & Respite - Poppy Pod Village

R U Ready 4 Adventure - Why not join Abingdon Cub Scouts at Dalton Barracks?

Abingdon & Bicester HIVE office opening times