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Free School Meals (FSM)

Last updated on 23 June 2022

FSM communications

FSM voucher information

Providing Free School Meals to families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

This article provides guidance about FSM eligibility for families with NRPF and how schools can support families with applications.

FSM transitional protection

This bulletin provides updated information about FSM transitional protection.

Free School Meals renewals 2022

The attached document contains information about this year’s renewals process and the action schools are required to take.

School meals for Ukrainian refugees

This bulletin provides guidance on providing meals for this group.

Promoting Free School Meals (FSM)

Below are some FSM communications you may wish to share with (prospective) parent/families of pupils at your school, to support raise awareness and take up particularly amongst families who would benefit from the service.

Some suggestions as to how you may utilise these articles include:

  • circulating to prospective families at summer open days/evenings
  • add to your school website
  • weekly/monthly school newsletters

Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) applications

This article provides information about promoting UIFSM applications.

Education benefit matrix

This matrix provides details of the help with costs of education that is available.

Guide to completing a Free School Meal application online

This provides guidance on how to apply for a Free School Meal online for Reception to year 2 pupils and year 3 and above.

First published 03 September 2020 - Last updated on 23 June 2022