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Claim Infant Pupil Premium – New Solero Report

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


Universal Infant Free School Meals – Apply Online confirmed live date 21st July

Since last September, all children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 have been entitled to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal.

Whilst the new policy has helped to ensure more children eat healthier, it has had a negative impact on the amount of additional funding schools are able to claim from the Government for low income families.

From 21st July 2015, we’re asking 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 up to £4000 per year, 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.

Parents can begin to make applications from 21st July 2015 at:

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:

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:

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


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