Schools 5-16 years

Each local authority will have a directory of schools in its area which is available on their website. This will list the type of school, contact details and may include information about available schools places.

The GOV.UK website has a search directory which allows users to find and compare schools and colleges in England.

Separate sites are available to compare schools in WalesScotland and Northern Ireland.


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages and publish the results online.

Service Children in State Schools

SCISS (Service Children in State Schools) was formed as a working group to look into the issues relating to English state schools providing for children whose parents serve in the armed forces. It was convened by Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) a UK-wide Ministry of Defence service, which provides information, guidance and support to service families, schools and local authorities.

SCISS is a group of headteacher representatives from primary and secondary schools from many of those parts of England where significant service communities live. The group is supported by representatives from the Department for Education, MOD (Service Personnel Policy: Families), Service Children’s Education (SCE – responsible for the provision of education to Service children in a number of locations abroad) and CEAS.

The working group meets to advise government and to develop, through an action plan, strategies which can help schools in England to provide more effectively for the service children on their rolls.

CEAS holds a list of English state schools which it believes provide for service communities. The schools on the list have been entirely self-nominating.

The SCISS Handbook:

The SCISS Handbook is one initiative intended to be a supportive resource, written largely by practitioners in schools for their peers.

Service Children’s Progression Alliance (SCIP)

The Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance is a partnership of organisations including the RAF Families Federation focused on improving outcomes for children from military families. It is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

The SCiP Alliance’s Mission is to:

Champion the progression of the children of serving personnel, so that they can make informed and confident transitions through further and higher education into thriving adult lives and careers.