Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) supports operational effectiveness through the provision of educational support to service and eligible MOD civilian families.

CEAS provides advice, support and guidance regarding the educational well-being of the children and young people belonging to families in all 3 services and eligible MOD civilians who are based overseas. All advice given is impartial, child-centred and focuses on the best interests of the individual.

The CEAS team is comprised of qualified teachers and experienced case advisors who can answer queries predominantly via email and telephone.

Role

CEAS provides authoritative, confidential, impartial advice to service and eligible MOD civilian families on a wide range of educational issues including:

  • parental rights and responsibilities
  • children or young person’s rights and responsibilities
  • special educational needs and/or disability
  • school admissions and appeals
  • overseas education in non-MOD school areas
  • retention of quarters for educational purposes
  • continuity of education allowance

CEAS does not make decisions about a child or young person’s education; we advise families and commands to allow them to make informed decisions.

For more information read the CEAS further information page, Moving schools guide (PDF, 390KB, 7 pages) and Pupil passport (PDF, 423KB, 2 pages).

In order that we may address your queries and abide by data protection regulations you will need to submit an application for support using the relevant forms stated in each area below.

Special educational needs and/or disability (SEND/AN)

If you require information, guidance or support regarding your child(ren)’s special educational additional needs and/or disability, please feel free to contact CEAS or read the Special educational needs guidance (PDF, 97.5KB, 4 pages). For further support and guidance from CEAS, please complete and return the SEND CEAS support application along with any evidence to support your case. Please also read the SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years.

Retention of Service Family Accommodation

If you require information about retaining your Service Family Accommodation due for reasons related to your child(ren)’s education, please read the Retention of Service Family Accommodation (SFA) information sheet. For further support and guidance from CEAS, please complete and return the Retention of SFA CEAS support application form along with any evidence to support your case.

School admissions and appeals

If you cannot get your child(ren) into the school of your choice and would like information about school admissions and appeals, please read:

For further support and guidance from CEAS, please complete and return the admissions and appeals CEAS support form along with any evidence to support your case.

Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA)

If you are considering boarding school for your child(ren) and have checked the regulations to see if you are eligible, you can request Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). Please read the CEA boarding considerations guidance (PDF, 392KB, 13 pages). You can start the process for applying for CEA by completing the CEA request form.

CEA Special Educational Needs Allowance (SENA)

If you are in receipt of CEA and your child has special educational needs and/or a disability, and you or the boarding school feel they may need additional educational provision as a result, you can apply for CEA Special Educational Needs Allowance (SENA). Please read the SENA process responsibilities (PDF, 94.3KB, 4 pages).

If you would like to apply for CEA SENA please read the SENA advice and guidance (PDF, 103KB, 3 pages) and complete the CEA (SENA) application form (PDF, 250KB, 10 pages).

General education advice and support

If you have a query or require support that is not covered by any of the topics mentioned above, you can apply for General Education Support.

Overseas education

For support in relation to service children’s education in overseas command areas, not supported by an MOD school, including isolated detachment areas (ISODET) please see Education overseas for service children and email any enquiries to DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk.

Contact us

The most effective way to contact the CEAS team is via email:

DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.gov.uk

Emails are checked every working day and allocated to case workers to provide the required action.

CEAS helpline: 01980 618244 or 94344 8244

Fax: 01980 618245 or 94344 8245