I hope you are all keeping well at home or at work and that your children are enjoying learning and playing at home.
Nationally, there has been an increase in the number of families applying for additional support from the government during the lockdown period. Families are eligible for free school meals for their children if you receive any of the following:
· Income Support
· income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
· income-related 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 - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
· Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Even if you are only eligible for this benefit for a short period, we can apply for FSM status for your child. Whilst this might not benefit your directly if your child is not in school at the moment, any child who has been awarded FSM eligibility automatically receives funding for the school called Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium is not time-restrictive; once your child is eligible for free school meals, even if for just a term, a payment of £1345 would be made to the school every year whilst your child is at primary school. With funding for schools being tight, we are able to use this additional money to support your child with any social, educational or pastoral need they may have in school. We also offer our Pupil Premium eligible pupils a discounted rate for future residential visits and free school milk.
More information about how we support our Pupil Premium funded children is available on our websites.
Attached are the application forms to apply for free school meals. The first one is for Nursery children (take out at Barlow), and children in Years 3 to 6 (word document). The second one is for children who already receive Universal Free School Meals in Year R, 1 and 2 – the school will still receive the funding (only available as a pdf document).
If you have any queries about this process or would like a paper copy of either form, please contact your admin team by email.
School Business Manager
Barlow, Burton Salmon & Chapel Haddlesey Primary Schools Federation