Free School Meals & Pupil Premium Information for Parents & Carers
Did you know…… just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money to Support your Child’s Education? Register now to make sure we don’t miss out
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. With the introduction of the Pupil Premium schools get £900 for every child registered for free school meals, this is even more reason for parents and guardians to ensure that each child that qualifies is actually signed up. Even if just 10 more children registered for free school meals, your child’s school would receive £9,000 in Pupil Premium funding for the school to use to support those children who need it most. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £900 extra.
School meals will give your child a real appetite for learning and helps them to achieve their full potential. There is nothing healthier for your child and your family’s budget than free school meals. As someone else is preparing the meals for your child, it saves you having to worry about the effort and expense of making packed lunches every day. That means no bills but delicious, healthy meals for your children.
Do you know if your child qualifies for free school meals? It is not just if you are unemployed, so please check below:
If you receive income support, employment and support allowance (income related) or job seekers allowance (income based) or if your income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190.00 and you receive child tax credit but NOT working tax credit, you will be entitled to free school meals for any of your children under 17 years of age on 1st September 2012 who attend school.
Please note: With effect from April 2012 the government have introduced new rules about Working Tax Credit which will affect those eligible for Free School Meals.
Previously, parents working at least 16 hours could qualify for Working Tax Credit, which meant they were not eligible for Free School Meals. However, for couples the rules have changed. To qualify for Working Tax Credit couples must now work at least 24 hours between them, with one earner working at least 16 hours per week to qualify.
This means that fewer couples will now qualify for Working Tax Credit, which in turn could make them eligible for Free School Meals if their income is less than £16,190 per year.
For single parents, Working Tax Credit entitlement will remain the same.
How to apply:
One telephone call is all it takes, all you need is your National Insurance Number. Telephone: 0845 070 1066 to find out if your child is entitled to Free School Meals.
No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
School meals have improved over the past five years and are the best way to make sure your child is getting all the nutrients they need to be able to learn.
Sign up for free school meals and your child could be enjoying a wide variety of tasty and nutritious food, for example:
- Meal deals e.g. Roast Chicken with roast potatoes and vegetables, biscuit and a drink
- Lamb casserole with lentils and herbs
- Moroccan chicken with apricots
- Pasta in tomato and cheese bake
- Cheese flan with jacket potato and salad
- Pasta Bar
- Jacket potato and beans
- Subway sandwich bar
- Chocolate treacle sponge with custard
- Fresh fruit and a cookie
- Fresh fruit pots
- Fruit yoghurt