Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Funding

Currently, all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 are automaticaly entitled to a free school lunch through a government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM).

In addition, many children in all year groups (including those who already get the UIFSM) are also eligible for Free School Meals.  The free school meals scheme attracts an extra payment to school called Pupil Premium.  This is a set amount paid to the school for each child who is registered on the free school meals scheme.

Your child might be eligible for Free School Meals if you access:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of 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

  • Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)

 

Pupil Premium

This is a set amount paid to the school for each child who is registered on the free school meals scheme. Pupil Premium is currently £1385 per child eligible, which the school has freedom to spend as we see fit based on our current knowledge of our children’s needs.  It is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:

  • Are registered for free school meals

  • Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years

  • Are, or have been, in care

  • Have parents in the armed forces

 

This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.  Selattyn school has previously used Pupil Premium to fund extra learning mentor and teaching assistant sessions, specialist maths sessions, extra tuition, extra curricular sports and music provision and the provision of appropriate outdoor clothing for extra curricular activities.  The aim is to ensure that no pupil is disadvantaged as a result of their socio-economic context.

Click here for full details of how we have spent our Pupil Premium Funding

 

It is important to check whether your child is eligible for the free school meals and pupil premium even if they are in reception, year 1 or year 2 and already receive a free lunch.  The extra funding could make a real difference.

 

Where can I find more information?

Look on https://shropshire.gov.uk/free-school-meals/

How do I register for free school meals?
  • To apply by phone please call 0345 6789008

  • Applications can be made via the Shropshire Council website (a Citizen account is required to do this which is very easy to set up)

  • Applications can also be made via the Shropshire Council website by downloading and completing a form.