Children from military families

Various factors can affect access to higher education among children from military families.


Limited or constrained mobility among this group can lead to:

  • disrupted schooling
  • fewer opportunities for extra-curricular and inclusive activities
  • fewer opportunities to meet their pastoral needs where students are, for example, caring for family members or coping with the emotional distress of deployments.

Mobility can also affect the success of children in this group. Students who move between different schools may face a lack of communication between schools, inadequate transition arrangements and differences in their curriculum.


Challenges to wellbeing may also affect their experience of education.

The deployment and return of serving family members can disrupt study. It can also lead to emotional and behavioural difficulties.


Students with serving parents often also take on caring responsibilities. The Children’s Society notes that young carers in military service families are less likely to be identified as young carers. So they are less likely to receive support than young carers in civilian families.

These issues may follow students into higher education. So providers may wish to think about how they can support and improve outcomes for these students.

They may also wish to think about how they can work with the wider community to track and inform this population.

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