Service Pupil Premium

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Service Pupil Premium

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is extra funding for schools in England to support children and young people with parents in the Armed Forces. In order for your child to be eligible you need to inform your child(ren)’s school of your (or your partner’s) Service status before the annual school census which is the third Thursday in January every year.

Key facts:

  • The SPP is provided by the Department for Education, to State maintained schools, Free Schools and Academies in England who have children of Regular Armed Forces personnel among their pupil population to provide additional (mainly pastoral) support.
  • The SPP is currently £300 per Service pupil and is paid directly to schools.
  • It is not transferable between schools and does not move with the pupil when they leave the school.
  • Schools with Service children in Reception to Year 11 classes are eligible to receive the fund, but only if your child(ren)’s name appears on the school’s roll as being a Service child. This is why it’s of utmost importance for you to ensure that you have informed the school of your Service status.

For more information on eligibility please see here.

Or you can email: The Directorate Children and Young People (DCYP):

Elsewhere in the UK:

Northern Ireland

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.

The 16/17 funding per pupil is £408.88 (primary) and £410.49 (post-primary).  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.