Service Pupil Premium

What is the Service Pupil Premium?

The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP), which is applicable only in England, in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from Service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant.

State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £310 per Service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

There is useful guidance available on GOV.UK on Service Pupil Premium and what you need to know.

There is a leaflet on further information on eligibility including for children of divorced parents, stepchildren and those also eligible for other pupil premiums and others. For those with access to Defnet, 2019DIN01-120 also gives further information.

Eligibility Criteria

Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • they have been registered as a ‘service child’ on the January school census at any point in the last 6 years, even if the parent has left the Armed Forces (Ever 6 service child measure this can be claimed for six years after leaving or until end of year 11 whichever is sooner)
  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children

The purpose of the Service Pupil Premium

Examples of how SPP has been used can be found in the Best Practice guide produced by the MOD.

How Service Pupil Premium differs from the Pupil Premium

The SPP is there for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for service children, whereas the Pupil Premium was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups.

Schools should not combine SPP with the main Pupil Premium funding and the spending of each premium should be accounted for separately.

More information for teachers and school staff is available on GOV.UK or contact DCYP by email: [email protected].

If you’d like to talk to someone in the RAF Families Federation, please email us at [email protected] or telephone the team on 01780 781650.

Support for Service children in the Devolved Nations

The devolved nations all support Service children in different ways – see our comparison table for an introduction.