UNIVERSAL INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND FREE SCHOOL MEALS – THE DIFFERENCE
UIFSM is not to be confused with being eligible for FSM. UIFSM is offered to all Key stage 1 children until they join KS2 in year 3. FSM eligibility is an additional entitlement for those children whose parents receive certain benefits. This entitlement can run throughout your child’s time in school and not just in Key stage 1. You may be eligible if you are in receipt of certain benefits and it is worthwhile if you apply as it could mean additional funding for the school to support your child even if they receive a free meal as they are in KS1.
When your child is on the FSM register, the school is given extra funding, and this is called pupil premium. Pupil premium can be used by the school in a variety of ways to help support your child, and this can extend to the school funding ‘extras’ such as your child’s music or dance lessons.
In addition even if pupils lose FSM eligibility, they will remain eligible for the pupil premium for six years after this point, which means your child continues to benefit from some additional funding via pupil premium even when the go to secondary school.
If your child is in year 2 or below, you are in receipt of certain benefits and you have not applied for FSM please ask at the school office for a form to complete which just needs a few simple questions to be answered. A member of the office staff will be happy to help you.