Support whilst overseas and when returning to the UK
Out of sight does not mean out of mind. If you are having issues with schooling overseas, or during your return to the UK contact:
OEST (going Overseas)
The OEST provides information, advice and guidance to Service personnel and eligible MOD civilians. The OEST coordinates the educational supportability assessment process for overseas postings, in respect of children with Special Educational Needs and those for whom parents have selected Elective Home Education.
You can contact the OEST by emailing [email protected].
Defence Children’s Services (DCS)
DCS look after DCS Schools and Settings (nursery schools) overseas. The team includes essential specialist support staff, including educational psychologists.
MOD Virtual School
MOD Virtual School (MODVS), part of Defence Children Services (DCS), looks after the safety, welfare and education of military children who live overseas. Unlike a traditional school, it does not provide education nor does it have a building, it is a virtual service which holds responsibility for overseeing the education of children who live overseas in an area that does not have a DCS School (excluding USA, Australia and New Zealand at present) or who are electively home educated. Contact the MOD Virtual School Headteacher at: [email protected].
Education Advisory Team (returning to the UK)
The Education Advisory Team (EAT) (UK) is part of DCS. It provides professional information, advice and guidance regarding the education of Service children in the UK. The EAT is contactable at [email protected].
They can also provide advice and guidance regarding education and education-related issues, such as school admissions and appeals, the Continuity of Education Allowance and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Each of these teams consist of qualified professional Education Advisers, Team Advisers and administrators.