If your child attends a state school, Academy or Free school in England and has been registered with the school as a Service pupil, the school will be granted a Service Pupil Premium of £300.
The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enable schools to offer additional, mainly pastoral support during challenging times; this could include anything from a Service parent being away, being injured on active service, to bereavement. Funds are paid directly to schools with Head Teachers and school Governors deciding how the funds are used.
Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive SPP, but only if your child’s name appears on the school roll as being a Service child. The annual census takes place on 18 January 2018 and children must be registered with the school before this date.
You are encouraged to contact the school and make them aware your child is from a Service family. Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time Reserve Service are classed as Service children. This information is not shared with other organisations and is protected on the National Pupil database.
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Elsewhere in the UK:
Service children in Northern Ireland receive additional support under the provisions of the Common Funding Scheme. Qualifying pupils are those pupils in primary and post-primary schools whose father or mother is:
- a member of the UK Armed Forces
- not normally resident in Northern Ireland
- posted to Northern Ireland for a period scheduled to last no less than 2 years.
More information about education in Northern Ireland can be found on the Department of Education Northern Ireland website here.
A Service child indicator is available and Service families should be encouraged to register. Currently there is not Service Pupil Premium for Service children living in Scotland, but the Scottish government strategy for school funding takes into account areas such as deprivation, mobility and under achievement. By registering as a Service family, this highlights clusters of mobile families and will attract more funding for the school.
The Service Pupil Premium is not available in Wales, however there is a pupil deprivation grant which supports pupils who are eligible for free school meals.
For any other queries regarding Service children contact the Directorate Children and Young People’s educational advisory arm, Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) via email: DCYP-CEAS-Enquiries@mod.uk or telephone: 01980 618244
Edit: The Secretary of State for Defence in July 2018 announced the extension of the Education Support Fund, on a limited basis, for an additional two years. The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/19 and £2 million in 2019/20. The bidding round for 2019 is now closed.