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Our aim  at The Spires Federation is to ensure that no children are disadvantaged at school in any way. Our focus with service children is to ensure no child is disadvantaged due to the service of their parent.

 We use our Service Pupil Premium to contribute towards the following:

  • monitoring of service children’s progress compared to the wider school population to ensure that they learn, develop and achieve their own expected level of progress
  • intervention strategies and support are put into place to support their learning
  • the provision of a trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Supoort Assistant) to provide pastoral support and guidance for families. We offer a 'FORCES FUN CLUB' which gives pupils a weekly opportunity to work with our ELSA either 1:1 or in groups.
  • the provision of external Learning mentor support to work with individuals to build social skills, self-esteem and develop positive attitudes to learning thus raising academic attainment
  • extra-curricular activities to enable service children to take part in certain activities that may not have been available to them due to the absence of one of their key adults.
  • Offering help with communication, providing IT support or writing letter/postcards to the absent parent who is deployed.

As with everything we do at school the measures put into place do make a positive difference. They help to ensure that our service children become tolerant, caring and well-rounded individuals with the skills to enable them to learn, develop and progress.

The additional events and extra-curricular activities have enabled children to feel special and that they are receiving things that other non-service children might take for granted. In many cases, children’s personalities have blossomed, and they have been able to mingle and make friends with children that before, they may not have had the courage to do so.

Primarily the measures we have put in place help service children to access peers/adults that they feel they can approach and talk to that can reassure, help and if necessary advise. This enables them to achieve and progress without any disadvantage due to parental service.

The President’s Award Scheme

This can provide educational grants and scholarships to the children of serving and ex-Service non-commissioned ranks up to university age. One-off grants of up to £500 are available to help pay for course fees, public transport costs, text books, course equipment, specialist clothing and more.

Alongside the grants, scholarships are available for applicants who are going to university and aged 21 or under. A continuation application is required each year and is accepted up to age 23. Up to £1,500 per year can be awarded to Service children going to university to study for their first undergraduate degree; usually awards are made to help with accommodation costs.

The awards are decided by committee who will look at the circumstances of each applicant. The Committee meets tri-annually in January, July, and September.

Full information can be found here:

https://support.britishlegion.org.uk/app/answers/detail/a_id/1359/track/AvOA4wrvDv8S~Y1bGuke~yL5FOsqCy75Mv9s~zj~PP_l