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Is My Child Eligible for Free Meals School ?

All children at Key Stage 1 access a free lunch through the government's Universal Infant Free School Meals Scheme (UIFSM). 

 

This is different and separate from Pupil Premium Free School Meals (PPFSM), which provides funding for their education as well as free meals. Your child may be entitled to PPFSM if you get any of the following:

 

  •  Income Support 
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
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If you are eligible for PPFSM, please make sure you claim them even if you have a Key Stage 1 child who already has a free meal. Claiming PPFSM means that a significant amount of funding will be provided to the school's budget which enables us to offer educational support, a fully funded place at Breakfast Club, contributions towards school clubs, trips and general school expenses. PPFSM allows us to provide the best possible opportunities and support to all our Pupil Premium children.

 

What is Pupil Premium

 

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Financial year 2016 to 2017

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following: 

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order 
  • a residence order 

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Your child's education will benefit if you claim PPFSM. You can do this online using the link below, or by talking to the school office.

Kent PPFSM Online Application