Last reviewed on 30 June 2021
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The service pupil premium (SPP) provides schools with funding to support pupils with parents in the regular armed forces. Find out which pupils are eligible, how you can identify them and understand how your school can spend the premium.


The purpose of the service pupil premium (SPP) grant is to support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

Pupils are eligible for SPP if they are an Ever 6 service child. For the financial year 2021-22, this means that either:

  • One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces, and this is registered in the January 2021 census or
  • They have been registered as a service child in any school census since January 2016

Pupils also qualify for the premium if one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and they receive a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS).

The SPP is only paid for pupils aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11.

This is set out in the