Scottish Schools Missing Out on Service Pupil Premium Payments

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday July 18 2018

Highlands & Islands Regional MSP, David Stewart (pictured) has ascertained that schools in Scotland that attract the pupils of service personnel are losing out on what is called the Service Pupil Premium.

The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of service families in school years Reception to Year 11, can receive the SPP funding.

It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

Commenting David Stewart said:

“It is an anomaly that up here in the Highlands & Islands which includes Moray, where we have the deployment of a large amount of military personnel and their families, schools do not have the opportunity of similar schools in England to benefit from the SPP.

“For example, a school in North Yorkshire close to Catterick Barracks can support better the pupils of service personnel attending these schools by the extra income of thousands of pounds from SPP.

“I have taken the opportunity of asking the Government by means of a Parliamentary Question what plans they have to introduce a similar scheme up here in Scotland.”



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