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KS1 Free School Meals
From September 2014, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals. This includes infant pupils in maintained infant and primary schools, free schools, academies, schools for pupils with special educational needs and pupil referral units. Pupils at maintained nursery schools, direct grant nursery schools, independent schools and general hospital schools are not included.
Free school meals will also continue to be available to pupils (including infants) whose parents receive certain benefits and who are registered to receive one. This advice and support service is for schools that are getting ready to provide universal free school meals for infants. For information about the existing free school meal provision for older pupils visit the Department for Education website. Free meals will also be extended from September 2014 to disadvantaged students in further education and sixth-form colleges to mirror entitlement in school sixth forms.
Why are free school meals for all infant pupils being introduced?
The government is funding schools in England to provide every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with a nutritious meal at lunch time. The aim is to improve academic attainment and save families money.
Universal free school meals for primary school pupils were a key recommendation in the School Food Plan (www.schoolfoodplan.com), which was produced independently for the Department for Education.