The Free School Meals Team provides a highly effective and efficient service for the administration of Free School Meals (FSM). Parents/Carers are now able to take up their right to Free School Meals by telephone call and get an immediate decision. If a pupil is entitled to received a Free School Meal the School is notified of this by email the same day or the following morning.
The Team undertakes automatic annual and monthly audit validations on current claims using the Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) to identify any pupils that may no longer be entitled to Free School Meals. The team automatically notifies the parent and the School accordingly.
The team also undertakes additional checks for schools to ensure the maximum number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals ( and the pupil premium) are identified.