Question to the Department for Education:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the value of (a) free school meals and (b) Pupil Premium that has not been claimed by eligible children in the most recent year for which figures are available.
Responsibility for free school meals and disadvantage policy is devolved and is therefore the responsibility of the devolved administrations.
In England, free school meal eligibility is used as a proxy measure for allocating the pupil premium. This remains the best available measure at an individual pupil level and the most reliable predictor of academic underperformance. Focusing pupil premium on pupils who have claimed free school meals in the past 6 years ensures schools have additional resources to tackle the educational impact of household economic deprivation.
The continuing provision of free school meals to children from out of work families or those on low incomes is of the utmost importance to this government. Take-up of free school meals is strong, estimated at 89% of eligible pupils.
We want to make sure as many eligible pupils as possible are claiming their free school meals, and to make it as simple as possible for schools and local authorities to determine eligibility. To support this, we provide an Eligibility Checking System to make the checking process as quick and straightforward as possible for schools and local authorities. We have developed a model registration form to help schools encourage parents to sign up for free school meals. We also provide guidance to Jobcentre Plus advisers so that they can make Universal Credit recipients aware that they may also be entitled to wider benefits, including free school meals.
1. School meals and nutritional standards (England)
03/01/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: BRIEFING PAPER Number 04195, 3 January 2019 School meals and nutritional standards (England) By Robert
2. The Children's Future Food Inquiry
07/05/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: Hall at 9.30am on Wednesday 8 May 2019 on the Children™s Future Food Inquiry. The Inquiry was co-ordinated
3. The Children's Future Food Report
26/06/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: debate to be held on Thursday 27 June 2019 on the Children™s Future Food Report. The Report is the result
4. The Pupil Premium
17/04/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: April 2018 The Pupil Premium By David Foster and Robert Long Inside: 1. The Pupil Premium 2. Eligibility
5. Government Response: A ten-year plan for school and college funding
24/10/2019 - Inquiry: School and college funding - Education Committee
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on school and
1. Oral Answers to Questions
26/04/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: What steps his Department is taking to support children with special educational needs and disabilities - Speech Link
2: What steps his Department is taking to support children with special educational needs and disabilities - Speech Link
3: place for vulnerable children and those with special educational needs is at school. That is why we kept - Speech Link
2. Oral Answers to Questions
01/03/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: What support his Department is providing to help children catch up on learning lost during the covid-19 - Speech Link
2: What support his Department is providing to help children catch up on learning lost during the covid-19 - Speech Link
3: Government have invested £1.7 billion in helping education settings boost pupils’ learning, including additional - Speech Link
3. Support for Children Entitled to Free School Meals
26/05/2021 - Westminster Hall
1: been amended to allow technical arrangements to be made for the next debate, and there will also be suspensions - Speech Link
2: this House has considered support for children entitled to free school meals.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
4. Oral Answers to Questions
20/01/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: increases in operational costs every year. Will the Secretary of State therefore commit to a large and sufficient - Speech Link
2: raising the number of free hours from 12.5 to 15 to 30 and supporting children from the most disadvantaged - Speech Link
3: provide a wonderful setting for young children. Can the Secretary of State provide reassurance that, where - Speech Link