The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.
Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
• One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
• They have been registered as a 'service child' in the schools census at any point since 2011
• One of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
In the financial year 2016 to 2017, schools will receive £300 for each eligible pupil.
The government confirm final service premium allocations at the end of the calendar year at the same time as pupil premium allocations.
Details of each school's service premium eligibility are available each June through a data download from the Key to Success website. This shows who is eligible and the total funding available.
The Ministry of Defence have produced a booklet (available to download opposite) sharing a selection of effective, creative and innovative ways in which both primary and secondary schools have used the funding to support Service children. The ideas range from funding liaison officers to supplying memory boxes for the children; they all have a common goal, to provide additional pastoral support to service families.
More information for teachers and school staff on supporting service children and understanding their needs is available from the Service Children in State Schools Handbook 2013.