Free School Meals and Pupil Premium (FSM & PP)

Free school meals

There are two types of Free School Meals available from the Council to children attending a school within the Cheshire East Borough.

Universal infant free school meals (UIFSM)

For all Key Stage 1 children, Reception to Year 2 – this scheme is not based on your family income, any pupil up to Key Stage 2 can get a free meal. You do not need to claim from Cheshire East Council, just contact your school direct.
Contact details for Cheshire East schools are available via the school finder

Income related free school meals (IRFSM)

For all children from Key Stage 2 onwards, Year 3 to Year 11 – your family income is used to assess entitlement to this scheme.

Pupil Premium

This is additional funding available to your child’s school.  It is available for any child who would qualify for free school meals due to their family income, both UIFSM and IRFSM.

The money can be used by the school to help to provide more support to the
children, to help develop children’s academic progress, their self esteem or
their social and emotional skills.

For each child registered, the school will receive:

  • £1320 for pupils in reception through to Year 6
  • £935 for pupils in years 7 through to 11
  • £1900 for pupils who have left local authority care through adoption/special guardianship order/child arrangements order/residence order

Income related free school meals

Your child or children can get a Free School Meal if you, your partner or the child is receiving one of the benefits below

If you have recently become unemployed or have reduced your working hours and have been granted the four week working tax credits run on, then you may be entitled to free school meals. Please call our Schools Team on 0300 123 5012 for advice.

It should be noted that children who receive “education suitable for children who have not attained compulsory school age” will still need to satisfy the additional requirement of  “receiving education both before and after the lunch period”, before being eligible to receive free school meals.

How to claim for free school meals or pupil premium

We will use the Government eligibility checker to confirm your entitlement; if successful your claim can begin the same day. If your claim is not successful or if we need you to send more proof we will contact you by phone or email, your entitlement will only begin once this information is provided.

What happens next?

Your claim will be processed and you will be sent a letter telling you do qualify or that you don’t. We are unable to backdate claims for Free School Meals to cover unpaid dinner money, or to refund any dinner money paid prior to the date of a successful application.

Change of circumstance?

Your eligibility is checked regularly, if you are still eligible, your claim will be renewed automatically. You must remember to tell us if you have any changes to your income or household.

You must tell us:-

  • If your benefits stop or you start to get Working Tax Credit
  • Your child changes school or leaves school
  • You change your address

If you do not tell us of any changes in your circumstances, you may be invoiced for the cost of any free school meals taken that you were not entitled to.

Can I appeal against the free school meals eligibility criteria?

The qualifying criteria for free school meals is set by Central Government, not Cheshire East.  Any change to the criteria must be raised via your Member of Parliament.

Schools outside of Cheshire East

If you live in Cheshire East but your child attends a school in that is not in Cheshire East, you need to apply for Free School Meals from the Local Education Authority the school belongs to.  To find out which Local Authority your child’s school is in visit GOV.UK

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