In 2008 the government published a service personnel command paper: ‘The nation’s commitment: cross government support to our armed forces, their families and veterans’. One of the main principles of this paper was to prevent any disadvantage occurring to members of the armed forces, their families and veterans. This included potential effects on housing, employment and the educational attainment of the children of armed forces personnel. Therefore, there was a need for the Department for Education to review service children’s performance to determine whether any underachievement was seen due to their circumstances.
This report analyses the educational attainment of service children and their characteristics using the national pupil database. Analyses were undertaken to identify any attainment gaps between service children in maintained schools in England and their peers. This study brings together the previous analyses of service children’s educational performance and provides new analyses for 2009.