What is Service Premium?
The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed services. Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria: 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 children from Service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the Armed Forces covenant.
What is the purpose of the Service Premium?
Eligible schools receive the SPP so that they can offer mainly pastoral 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 Pupil Premium differs from the Pupil Premium
The SPP is there 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 Primary School?
The Service Premium is spent primarily on the social, emotional and pastoral support of the children and the majority of the money is spent employing a Teaching Assistant who is also part of a Military family. This includes:
- Supporting Service children (and other children in the class) in preparing for both inward and outward transition
- Getting the Service children together to mark important events such as Remembrance Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day by doing craft activities
- Working closely with children who have a parent on deployment or away from home
New Service children are also invited to our Playrangers after-school club offering them lots of outdoor adventure and learning opportunities along with a chance to make new friends.
Miss Kinder - Our Service Premium Champion
Mrs Regan - Our Service Premium Teaching Assistant
Service Pupil Premium 2018-2019: £14,400
Download Service Premium Report: Service Premium Report 2018-19