School meals cash boost

14 Jun 2019 10:41
Published by: Kian French

CHESHIRE East schools received an additional £182,985 funding as a result of a campaign to raise awareness of the eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium that comes with this.

The aim of the council's campaign, which ran for eight weeks from mid-March, was to highlight that for every child registered for free school meals their school receives a premium.

For each primary school, this could equate to up to £1,320 per child per year - or up to £935 for each secondary school.

Dorothy Flude, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for children and families said: "I'm delighted that the campaign has had such a positive impact and resulted in a significant amount of additional funding for schools here in Cheshire East.

"This funding will make a real difference to pupils through additional equipment or resources.

"Free school meals and the pupil premium that comes with this are something that parents can apply for year-round, so I urge anyone who hasn't already done so to check their eligibility and apply."

Children in reception through to Year 2 are automatically entitled to a free school meal through a universal scheme, regardless of parents' income.

But if parents are receiving one of the qualifying benefits, they could also get the pupil premium for their school by applying online.

For children in Year 3 through to Year 13, there is an eligibility criteria to meet in order to qualify for free school meals.

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