Free School Meals & Pupil Premium
In the UK, a free school meal is a school meal and milk provided to a child or young person during school hours and paid for by the Government. Currently parents have to qualify and apply for Free School Meals. If you qualify (click here to link directly to Worcestershire County Council to access further information), following free school meals being awarded, you will receive a direct payment for school meals and free school milk for your child and access to part or full payment for a variety of items including free school uniform shoes, free educational trips, after school activities etc.
From September 2014 the government will fund State Funded schools in England to provide every child in Reception, year 1 and year 2 with a hot, nutritious meal at lunch time. Parents who qualify for Free School Meals MUST still apply in order to access the additional Pupil Premium monies.
Pupil Premium Grants
Pupil Premium is a special government grant to ensure that pupils with the highest economic needs have additional opportunities to achieve. It is for each school to determine how to spend these additional funds to make the biggest difference.