Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)

Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) supports operational effectiveness through the provision of support to service & eligible MOD civilian families.


  1. Role
  2. Special educational needs and/or disability (SEND/AN)
  3. Retention of Service Family Accommodation
  4. School admissions and appeals
  5. Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA)
  6. CEA(SENA)
  7. Contact Us

CEAS provides advice, support and guidance regarding the educational well-being of the children and young people belonging to families in all 3 services. All advice given is impartial, child-centred and focuses on the best interests of the individual.

The CEAS team is comprised of qualified teachers and experienced case advisors who can answer queries predominantly via email and telephone.


CEAS provides authoritative, confidential, impartial advice to service and eligible MOD civilian families on a wide range of educational issues including:

  • parental rights and responsibilities
  • children or young person’s rights and responsibilities
  • special educational needs and/or disability
  • school admissions and appeals
  • overseas education in non-MOD school areas
  • retention of quarters for educational purposes
  • continuity of education allowance

CEAS does not make decisions about a child or young person’s education; we advise families to allow them to make informed decisions.

For more information read the CEAS leaflet (PDF, 528KB, 2 pages) and Moving schools guide (PDF, 457KB, 12 pages) .

In order that we may address your queries and abide by data protection regulations we will require your consent.

You need to complete the CEAS consent form opens in PDF

Special educational needs and/or disability (SEND/AN)

If you require information, guidance or support regarding your child(ren)’s special educational additional needs and/or disability, please feel free to contact CEAS or read the Special educational needs guidance (PDF, 97.5KB, 4 pages) .

Retention of Service Family Accommodation

If you require information about retaining your Service Family Accommodation due for reasons related to your child(ren)s education, please read the Retention of service family accommodation information sheet (PDF, 85.4KB, 3 pages) .

School admissions and appeals

If you cannot get your child(ren) into the school of your choice and would like information about school admissions and appeals, please read the (link to Info sheet – School Admissions and Appeals which sits on Education in UK page)

Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA)

If you are considering boarding school for your child(ren) and have checked the regulations to see if you are eligible, you may be able to request Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA). Please read the CEA boarding considerations guidance (PDF, 392KB, 13 pages) and Understanding the accredited schools database (PDF, 406KB, 2 pages) . You can apply for CEA by completing the following CEA request form (PDF, 223KB) .


If you are in receipt of CEA and your child is considered to have special educational needs and/or disability, and you or the boarding school feel they may need additional educational provision as a result, you may wish to request CEA(SENA). Please read the Special educational needs addition process and responsibilities (PDF, 145KB, 4 pages) . If you would like to apply for the CEA please read the following SENA advice and guidance (PDF, 214KB, 3 pages) and CEA (SENA) application form (PDF, 1.02MB, 10 pages) .

Contact Us

The most effective way to contact the CEAS team is via email:

Emails are checked every working day and allocated to case workers to provide the required action.

CEAS helpline: 01980 618244 or 94344 8244

Fax: 01980 618244 or 94344 8245

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