Service Pupil Premium information for schools

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) further information guidance provides further in-depth information on the Service Pupil Premium including the eligibility criteria in relation to divorced parents or step-parents and information on what happens when a child moves school after the school census date.

More information for teachers and school staff on supporting service children and understanding their needs is available from the Service Children in state schools (SCISS) handbook (PDF).

Passing information to a new school

The Pupil Information Profile supports a child’s learning by identifying their current and future learning needs. This information is intended to be passed across to the new school when the child moves.

In addition, since September 2018 the Common Transfer File (CTF) has included a specific section that schools can use to exchange information about service children’s particular needs (for example any concerns they have about the child’s responses to moving school, deployment, parental separation).

Further information around how the CTF supports better transfer of information about service children between schools can be found on the RAF Families Federation website.

Thriving Lives toolkit

To help schools support their service pupils, the SCiP Alliance has produced a Thriving Lives toolkit, developed in response to a large-scale UK-wide consultation with professionals supporting service pupils.

The toolkit outlines seven principles for effective practice, a reflective-framework to follow and additional learning resources.

Principle Vision

1. Our approach is clear

Leaders' understanding and approach ensure resources and policies improve service children's outcomes

2. Wellbeing is supported

Tailored pastoral provision supports service children's mental health and wellbeing

3. Achievement is maximised

Teaching, assessment and support ensure the continuity of service children's learning and progression

4. Transition is effective

Systems and support ensure seamless transitions for service children arriving at and leaving school

5. Children are heard

Service children's diverse voices are heard and inform the support they receive

6. Parents are engaged

Strong home-school partnerships help service families feel valued as part of the school community

7. Staff are well-informed

Supportive training and networks ensure all staff understand and support each service child