Service premium: information for schools

How much service premium funding schools get, and details of which children attract the funding.

The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.

Pupils attract the premium 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’ in the school census at any point since 2011
  • one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

In the financial year 2015 to 2016, schools will receive £300 for each eligible pupil.


We confirm final service premium allocations at the end of the calendar year at the same time as pupil premium allocations.

Details of each school’s service premium eligibility are available each June through a data download from the Key to Success website. This shows who is eligible and the total funding available.

More information for teachers and school staff on supporting service children and understanding their needs is available from the ‘Service children in state schools (SCISS) handbook’.

Published 22 January 2014
Last updated 16 October 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added details of the amount of funding that eligible children will attract in the 2015 to 2016 financial year.
  2. First published.