The service pupil premium gives schools extra funding to support the unique challenges children and young people with parents in the armed forces can often face. It is designed to assist the school to provide mainly non-educational support (known as pastoral care) to these children.
Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
- one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
The service premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to identify eligible pupils and assess what additional provision they need. Schools are responsible for using the service premium funding effectively.
Schools will only be able to claim the SPP if the parents of those eligible children declare their child’s service status to their school Head Teacher, before the annual school census which takes place in mid January. Schools will receive £300 per eligible pupil.