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Updated Guidance about free school meals

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The DfE has released new guidance to help maintained schools, academies and free schools understand eligibility for free school meals. This guidance includes updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals from 1st April 2018.

The guidance includes

  • information on how pupils currently claiming free school meals, or who will claim during Universal Credit rollout, are affected;
  • a template letter that schools can use to explain the changes to parents
  • details on support for ensuring as many entitled pupils as possible are claiming their free school meals.

The new guidance is available here

First published 26 March 2018