Free school meals guidance

08 May 2018

The DfE has published guidance for schools and local authorities which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals from 1 April 2018. This reflects the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits. The guidance also includes:

  • information on how pupils currently claiming free school meals, or who will claim during Universal Credit rollout, are affected

  • a template letter that schools can use to explain the changes to parents

  • details on support for ensuring as many entitled pupils as possible are claiming their free school meals

  • information on how the income of self-employed parents should be assessed

The new guidance is available here.