Service pupil premium (SPP) funding

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 and how you can identify them. Plus, understand how your school can spend the premium.

Last reviewed on 18 March 2024See updates
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  1. Eligibility
  2. Identifying eligible pupils
  3. Spending the grant
  4. Track service children separately 
  5. Record service children on the census 
  6. Report concerns in the common transfer file

Schools and trusts have a statutory duty to pay due regard to the needs and challenges faced by children of serving and ex-armed forces personnel. This is the Armed Forces Covenant Duty.

The service pupil premium is extra funding to help you fulfil this requirement.


A child is eligible for the SPP for the 2024-25 financial year if they meet 1 or more of the following conditions:

  • 1 of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces, and this is registered before the autumn school census deadline
  • They have been registered as a 'service child' on any school census in the past 6 years (an ever 6 service child)
  • 1 of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme 

In the financial year 2024-25, schools will

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