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Universal Infant Free School Meal Registration - UIFSM

Are you making the most from Pupil Premium?

Since July last year we have identified almost £8million in additional funding for Herts schools through pupil premium. This has been a great achievement by encouraging parents/carers to register for UIFSM, which previously schools were struggling to identify. Hertfordshire County Council hopes that every school across the county can claim the funds they are entitled to.

We are asking all schools to encourage parents/carers who have a child starting in reception, year 1/ year 2 from September 2016, (irrespective of their income status) to register their entitlement for Universal Infant Free School Meals online at:

Schools will be able to access a 2nd SOLERO report for UIFSM, which will show children that are eligible, and can then claim the additional funding (pupil premium).

There is a new look to the UIFSM report please see below screen shot:

Free school meal applications - FSM

For pupils starting in year 3, if parents/carers are on certain benefits they could be entitled to free school meals. Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals for details of the benefits that apply and make an application. You only need to apply once.

For years 3 and above the Free Schools Meal Team will continue to run a monthly audit and annual renewals process. This means that schools will be able to claim additional funding immediately and will be automatically notified when any changes of entitlement are identified.

If you have any questions, please call our team on 01992 588540.

Claim Free Milk, FSM, and Pupil Premium

The report will assist you in identifying children who you can claim additional funding for your school such as pupil premium.

UIFSM – How to guide

Universal Infant Free School Meal

Update on UIFSM for previously eligible children that are moving into year 1 and year2.

There is no need to reapply.

Any child who was previously registered for UIFSM this year has been re-checked and updates to the SOLERO UIFSM report will be made for the new academic year.

If you need any further assistance please contact Phaline Devine on 01992 588540

Claim Free Milk, FSM, and Pupil Premium

The report will assist you in identifying children who you can claim additional funding for your school such as pupil premium.

UIFSM – How to guide

Universal Infant Free School Meals – Apply Online

All children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 are entitled to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal.

We ask all families (irrespective of their income status) to register their child to receive a meal.

It’s quick and easy and only has to be done once. It also means schools won’t miss out on additonal funding per child for families on a low income.

During the registration process, parents will be checked for entitlement under low income or simply because their child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2.

Schools will be able to access a report telling them who to claim financial support for. The report will also act as a complete list of children who are registered for a meal.

We’ll continue to run a monthly audit and annual renewals process. This means that schools will automatically get notified when any changes of entitlement are identified. This means that schools will be able claim additional funding for that child immediately.

www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

Please help us to tell parents about how to register. Schools can also provide support to those who don’t have access to a computer.

If you have any questions, please call our team on 01992 588540.

Universal Infant Free School Meals

The DfE have produced some guidance around Universal Free Infant Meals detailing schools' obligation to provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2.

HCL have undertaken a review of all their sites and identified any issues in meeting the duty. Simon Newland has written to all non-HCL schools asking them to identify any issues that they will have in meeting the duty.

HCC has produced a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the duty to provide Universal Free Infant Meals from September:

UFIM - FAQs
Revenue - FAQs

Schools seeking information or advice on the capital works programme being developed to support schools readiness for the duty should contact Catherine Tallis, email: catherine.tallis@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

UFIM and Impact on Pupil Premium June 2014

FAQs Applying for Free School Meals for UIFSM pupils
Guide to completing an application for Free School Meals
HCC Letter to Schools
Schools Guide to Ever6

 

Free School Meals

Free lunches for all infants and for older children whose family gets certain benefits.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

Your child can get a free school meal if they're in Reception class, Year 1 or Year 2.

And if you register below, your school could get extra money to help pupils.

Children in Year 3 or above

Your child could get a free school meal if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and you don't get more than £16,190 a year)
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working tax credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Downloads

Free School Meals Card
Free School Meals Poster
Free School Meals Factsheet (REVISED)
Meal Prices 2014-2015