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T'graph: SDSR: Military Chiefs Fight Private Education Cuts

Re: T'graph: SDSR: Military Chiefs Fight Private Education C

Daily Telegraph 31 Oct 2010 said:
The “continuity of education allowance†is designed to support all ranks “to minimise the disadvantage of a mobile lifestyle on the children’s educationâ€...

So, CEA is neither an "officer's thing" nor a "perk" but they can't resist twisting things to have a snipe, can they?

Daily Telegraph 31 Oct 2010 said:
... The perk had been left alone by Labour after ministers recognised that families of officers faced upheaval because they were frequently relocated to different bases.
 

digger84

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They had better not get rid of it, I was banking on that so I could continue to send Mini Hill to a bloody decent school.
 

Guzzler

War Hero
digger84 said:
They had better not get rid of it, I was banking on that so I could continue to send Mini Hill to a bloody decent school.

Sounds a good reason to keep it to me.
 

FlagWagger

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Re: T'graph: SDSR: Military Chiefs Fight Private Education C

Naval_Gazer said:
Daily Telegraph 31 Oct 2010 said:
The “continuity of education allowance†is designed to support all ranks “to minimise the disadvantage of a mobile lifestyle on the children’s educationâ€...

So, CEA is neither an "officer's thing" nor a "perk" but they can't resist twisting things to have a snipe, can they?

Daily Telegraph 31 Oct 2010 said:
... The perk had been left alone by Labour after ministers recognised that families of officers faced upheaval because they were frequently relocated to different bases.

I assume that CEA is a successor to Boarding School Allowance. Looking back over my own schooling, as a direct consequence of my father's drafts I attended 5 primary schools in 7 years which cannot be regarded in any way as having any continuity. For my secondary schooling, I was one of nearly 700 boys, the vast majority of whom were sons of RN personnel (and again more lower deck than wardroom), who attended the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook with BSA paying the bulk of our fees. Personally, I feel that had my secondary education had a similar degree of "stability" as my primary education, then I would have left school with a totally different set of qualifications (if any!) to those I achieved. While some people may see this allowance as a "perk", as someone who has experienced a mobile education as a result of drafty, I feel that its an important element of ensuring that the families of service personnel are not disadvantaged.
 

Guzzler

War Hero
Re: T'graph: SDSR: Military Chiefs Fight Private Education C

FlagWagger said:
Naval_Gazer said:
Daily Telegraph 31 Oct 2010 said:
The “continuity of education allowance†is designed to support all ranks “to minimise the disadvantage of a mobile lifestyle on the children’s educationâ€...

So, CEA is neither an "officer's thing" nor a "perk" but they can't resist twisting things to have a snipe, can they?

Daily Telegraph 31 Oct 2010 said:
... The perk had been left alone by Labour after ministers recognised that families of officers faced upheaval because they were frequently relocated to different bases.

I assume that CEA is a successor to Boarding School Allowance. Looking back over my own schooling, as a direct consequence of my father's drafts I attended 5 primary schools in 7 years which cannot be regarded in any way as having any continuity. For my secondary schooling, I was one of nearly 700 boys, the vast majority of whom were sons of RN personnel (and again more lower deck than wardroom), who attended the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook with BSA paying the bulk of our fees. Personally, I feel that had my secondary education had a similar degree of "stability" as my primary education, then I would have left school with a totally different set of qualifications (if any!) to those I achieved. While some people may see this allowance as a "perk", as someone who has experienced a mobile education as a result of drafty, I feel that its an important element of ensuring that the families of service personnel are not disadvantaged.

Yes, it is the former BSA.

'more lower deck than wardroom' is not an accurate reflection as the proportion of officers using this allowance is considerably higher than it is for ratings.

I have little sympathy for families of service personnel being 'disadvantaged'. Families all over the country are being disadvantaged in the current climate, as are people such as myself who are single and living on a pittance despite over 25 years service.
 
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