Annal Nayyar Reports September 2014 Universal Free School Meals Funding Arrangements

From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals (FSMs). This will include academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision, as well as maintained schools.

Funding will be based on a rate of £2.30 for each meal taken by pupils who will become newly eligible for FSM as a result of the UIFSM policy. Schools will be expected to continue to fund meals for pupils eligible for FSMs under the existing criteria in the same way they do currently.

Schools will be notified of their provisional full-year revenue funding allocation for the 2014 to 2015 academic year in June 2014. Academies and free schools will receive the first 2014 to 2015 payment in early July, and newly opening academies and free schools in early September. This payment will provide funding for the first two terms of the academic year (which represents the remainder of the 2014 to 2015 financial year).


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