SERVICE Pupil Premium (SPP) is a £300-per-child payment given directly to state schools, free schools and academies across England for supporting Service children.

Schools decide how the money is to be spent on Forces children from reception to year 11 and it is usually used for pastoral support. Mobile military youngsters may need targeted help in a new school to catch up with their class, or simply to support gaps in their learning.

Schools must demonstrate how this money, which isn’t for independent or MOD schools, is spent and Ofsted will check up on this.

Things work differently in the devolved regions but there is funding available in some areas. Contact your local AFF co-ordinator for more details via aff.org.uk

As well as the AFF website, gov.uk has good examples of how SPP can be spent, but it is worth talking to your child’s head teacher about to find out how your school is spending the money.

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