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Spending the Service Pupil Premium good examples

The Service Pupil Premium is currently set at £300 per service child per year, as covered in the other information sheets it is to enable schools to provide mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment.

There are various factors that will influence how this could be best spent for the greatest benefit, this sheet covers some good examples for different scenarios. Schools with a lower number will obviously have less funds to spend so some imagination is required.

  • Primary aged School
  • Secondary aged School
  • Schools with just a couple of service children in it
  • Schools with a high percentage of pupils coming
    from service families

Primary School with low number of service pupils

Welcome packs for service children to the school on joining Map of the school, timetable, clubs.

Leavers Pack for service children when they leave your school

Leaving Card, Photo, Special work, Any certificates, Recent exam/tests results.

Display in school

Incorporate ‘where we live’ include pictures of the military additionally have a deployment board if any service children have parents away, World Map.

Little Troopers Resources

Resources from Little Troopers are very inexpensive and a great use of SPP funds plus they can bring a wealth of benefit to the service child. Separation Packs are just £10 Send a hug kits are just £1.50 and mini medals are just £5 many of the other resources such as Crafty Little Troopers sheets are available to schools free via the website
www.littletroopers.net 

Lunch Club for Service Children

A once a week/month opportunity for all the children to come together, talk about any deployments/separations, write letters to parents away, add to the display board, time to use iPads purchased with SPP to contact parents if applicable, do activities to help them stay in touch with parents.

Books

There are inexpensive books available with regards to deployment that could really help military children.

Mascot

Have a mascot within the school that the military children can take home and keep a diary of a week.

Primary School with high number of service pupils

Contribution to the salary of a designated member of staff

It is then useful to show a breakdown of how his/her time is apportioned.

Welcome packs for service children to the school on joining

Map of the school, timetable, clubs etc.

Leavers Pack for service children when they leave your school

Leaving Card, Photo, Special work, Any certificates, Recent
exam/tests results, letters/contact details from other children.

Display in school

Incorporate ‘where we live’ include pictures of the military additionally have a deployment board if any service children have parents away.

Little Troopers Resources

Resources from Little Troopers are very inexpensive and great use of SPP funds plus they can bring a wealth of benefit to the service child. Separation Packs are just £10 Send a hug kits are just £1.50 and mini medals are just £5 many of the other resources such as Crafty Little Troopers sheets are available to schools free via the website www.littletroopers.net

Lunch Club for Service Children

A once a week/month opportunity for all the children to come together, take about any deployments, write letters to parents away, add to the display board, time to use iPads purchased with SPP to contact parents if applicable.

Service Child Residential Trip

Opportunity for bonds to build between the children who, although have military in common may not necessarily know each other. They are all going through the same challenges.

Mascot

Have a mascot within the school that the military children can take home and keep a diary of a week.

Secondary School with low number of service pupils

Welcome packs for service children to the school on joining

Map of the school, timetable, Clubs, Letter, Support available, Teacher list.

Leavers Pack for service children when they leave your school

Leaving Card, Photo, Special work, Any certificates, Recent exam/tests results, letters/contact details from other children, letters/contact details from other children.

Local military links

Engage with local barracks/bases, can the young people gofor a visit? Can they come into the school and give talk?

Military Child Club

Monthly club for all service children to get together to do a fun activity together to build trust and camaraderie between the teens.

Counsellor available

Optional but available counselling sessions for service children should they feel they want to access it.

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