Defence and armed forces – guidance

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP)

Service personnel with children in State Schools in England must notify schools of their children’s eligibility for SPP by 15th January 2015.



Service personnel with children in state schools in England only have until 21 January 2016 to notify schools of their children’s eligibility for the Service Pupil Premium (SPP).

The Department for Education (DfE) introduced the SPP in 2011, for maintained sector schools in England as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service personnel in reception to Year 11, can receive the funding, which is designed to assist the school to provide mainly non-educational support (known as pastoral care) to these children. The SPP is currently £300 per child of service personnel, paid directly to the school.

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 is due to take place on 21 January 2016.

The SPP helps schools to support the unique challenges children with parents in the armed forces can often face.

The SPP has been put to good use in many schools across England. For example, South Farnborough Infant School in Hampshire has used the funding to purchase books for their library which have been written by parents who had previously been deployed. The school is also setting up a ‘nurture’ room where children of service personnel can meet other such children to talk through their experiences or concerns, with a member of staff known as a ‘smile’ mentor. The mentor will help the children express their feelings.

Service parents who have children attending schools in England are urged to let their child’s school know about their child’s Service status before 21 January 2016.

For more information visit the Department for Education website.

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