Service Pupil Premium
Call to action for the Service Pupil Premium for state schools in England.
Service personnel with children in state schools in England only have until 16th January 2014 to notify schools of their children’s eligibility for the Service Pupil Premium (SPP).
The Department for Education 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 Service children 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 Service children. The SPP is currently £300 per Service child, 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 the school’s head teacher before the annual school census, which is due to take place on 16th January 2014.
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 have previously been deployed.
The school is also setting up a ‘nurture room’ where Service children can meet other Service 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 16th January 2014.