Pupil Premium and Universal Infant Free School Meals
All children up to the age of 7 (infants) are entitled to a free school meal. This is known as ‘Universal Free School Meals’. In addition to this, where families are in receipt of various types of Income Support (a full list can be found on the council website), some children are entitled to Income Related Free School Meals. This funding which comes under the Pupil Premium heading comes directly to schools and is used to support pupils in their learning and access to resources, materials and events. In order to access this funding, parents must register with the Local Authority.
Also eligible for Pupil Premium include Children Looked After by a Local Authority, children adopted from care, those who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) and those who left care under a Residence Order (RO). Evidence must be provided to school to access this funding on behalf of the child and to record the child’s status on the School Census.
You can claim for Free School Meals (Pupil Premium) if you receive:
Universal Credit (provided your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Income based Job Seekers Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit only with an income of less than £16,190
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Apply for Free School Meals online at: https://www.stockport.gov.uk/start/free-school-meals-application-form Before you start you will need to know your National Insurance Number. If you are in receipt of Universal Credit you will need to provide your most recent Universal Credit award letter.