What is Service Premium?
The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is extra funding for schools to support learners with parents in the armed services. Learners attract the premium if one of their parents is serving in the regular armed services.
The Department for Education introduced the Service Premium in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges learners from Service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces covenant.
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What is the purpose of the Service Premium?
Eligible schools receive the SP so that they can offer support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on Service children of family mobility or parental deployment.
Mobility is when a Service family is posted from one location to another, including overseas and within the UK.
Deployment is when a Service person is serving away from home for a period of time. This could be a 6 to 9 month tour of duty, a training course or an exercise which could last for a few weeks.
How Service Premium differs from the Pupil Premium
The SP is provided for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for Service children, whereas the Pupil Premium was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups.
How is the Service Premium used at Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School?The SP is spent primarily on social, emotional and pastoral support for the learners and the majority of the money is spent employing a Teaching Assistant who is also part of a Military family. Support includes:
- Supporting Service children (and other learners in the class) in preparing for both inward and outward transition.
- Support Service children to mark important events such as Remembrance Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day.
- Working closely with children who have a parent on deployment or away from home.
See Pupil Premium tab for funding allocation and spending reports.