Thriving Through Childhood and Beyond project

A new partnership between the Naval Children’s Charity and the Service Children’s Progression (SCiP) Alliance will see the highly regarded Thriving Lives Toolkit expanded across the student life course, from early years through into higher education.

Funding has been secured from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust’s Transformational Grant Programme to complete a project which will develop a Thriving Lives Toolkit suite, covering children aged from 0-25.

The suite will set a new standard for evidence-based support for Service children, transforming the capacity of providers to understand Service children’s complex lives, identify their unique (and greatest) needs and develop and continually enhance targeted support. The toolkit will be robustly tested so that support can be tailored by educational providers to accommodate the diverse range of educational contexts, to ensure all children and young people will benefit.

The project builds on the highly successful Thriving Lives Toolkit for primary and secondary schools which was developed in 2019 with an online version launched in 2022. It is currently supporting hundreds of schools across the UK, with students from all branches of the Armed Forces, to take an evidence-based approach to their support.


  • An increased awareness and understanding amongst education staff at every level of education about the impact of Service life on families and the challenges facing Service children.
  • Engaging, accessible and evidence-based support, which will enable educational providers to develop targeted and measurable support for Service children.
  • Better supported and improved outcomes for Service children at every level of education, through to adulthood. Benefits will be felt throughout the professional community supporting the education of children and young people in Armed Forces families from 0-25 years, impacting the young people they support.

SCiP Alliance Strategy

  • Impact 3: Expand the Thriving Lives Toolkit throughout the learner life-course from early years to higher education and early careers.


This is a partnership with the Naval Children's Charity (Lead Partner). The project is funded through the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust via the Transformational Grants Programme. The project is being supported by a Steering Group and by Early Years and Higher Education Advisory Groups.

For further details, please contact Projects Manager, Rachel Lad,

Project funded by: Armed Force Covenant Fund Trust
Naval Childrens Charity

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