What is Service Premium?

  • The Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant. The premium enables schools to provide extra support for children with parents in the Armed Forces.
  • SPP is money that is paid directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England to support Service children. The current amount paid to each school is £335 per child in Years R-11.
  • Schools decide how the money is to be spent on Service children mainly through pastoral support. Unlike the Pupil Premium, SPP is not for attainment; however, mobile Service children may need targeted help in a new school to catch up with their class or to cover gaps in understanding due to missing out on key learning areas.

Who is eligible?

  • A pupil who has at least one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • A pupil who has been registered as a ‘service child’ on the January school census at any point since 2014
  • A pupil where one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service are classed as service children
  • Please note, if your child was never registered for the Service Premium whilst the parent was serving and the Service person has now left the services, then they will not be able to register the child now for the school to claim the Service premium.

In addition to this page, you may find it useful to visit our Service Families page which illuminates some of how we use Service Premium. Please visit our Service families page here. Our Pupil Premium statement can be found below.