*During the Covid-19 outbreak please follow this guidance.
(To apply for Free School Meals, see below this guidance)
National Voucher Scheme
Our school catering service cannot provide meals or food parcels, therefore we will be offer families of pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals an alternative.
A National Scheme has been developed to provide supermarket vouchers by the DFE.
Families will receive £15 each week for every child eligible for Free School Meals. From 4th May 2020, this will be distributed on a fortnightly basis either via an eGift card through your email address which you have provided to school or distributed from Gwladys Street CP and N School when they are available.
If you get an eGift card, you will be able to select one of the stores below to use your voucher at;
How to use
To use these vouchers in store, you can either present the voucher on a smartphone or tablet or present a paper copy of the voucher by printing this off at home.
Families are free to select the most appropriate food and drink for their child. When selecting products, we encourage families to consider health and nutrition. The School Food Standards may act as a useful guide for families.
The vouchers should not be redeemed for any age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.
There are a number of online resources available to support families in preparing healthy and nutritious food, including on the NHS Eat Well website.
However, if you have not provided school with an email address, the school will select an appropriate supermarket of our choice and this will be distributed when the voucher is available. A Parentapp will be sent out to notify you.
Free School Meal Eligibility
The eligibility criteria for free school meals can be found at https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are temporarily extending free school meals eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), including:
- children of Zambrano carers
- children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
- children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction
These groups are also subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.
We are also temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
This group is not subject to any maximum household earnings threshold.
This extension is temporarily in place due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.
See guidance for the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/guidance-for-the-temporary-extension-of-free-school-meals-eligibility-to-nrpf-groups
What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is a grant given to schools by the Government to support the most vulnerable pupils to achieve, reach their full potential and be successful. The amount of funding received is determined by the number of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. The funding is to support all FSM pupils, LAC and Armed forces children.
Below indicates how the Pupil Premium funding will be spent for this financial year and the impact of previous funding.
Gwladys Street tracks Pupil Premium children’s progress carefully and draws up provision maps to ensure all Pupil Premium children receive support. Mr Moore is the Pupil Premium Champion for the school.
What could your child’s school receive?
EARLY YEARS PUPIL PREMIUM: PRE-SCHOOL SUPPORT FUNDING
Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years pre-school settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3- and 4 year-olds including, but not restricted to, those adopted from care.
The funding goes directly to registered early years providers (including pre-schools, nurseries and childminders) that offer children the free early education entitlement.
WHAT IT PAYS FOR?
Funding equates to £302 per child per year (pro-rata for children who access less than the full free early years entitlement) and early years providers can choose how they use the money to improve the quality of provision they offer. For instance, they could:
- Pool the Early Years Pupil Premium to purchase shared services such as an Early Years Graduate or Speech and Language Therapist
- Provide additional training for staff
- Enhance speech and language development initiatives
Funding for financial year 2019 to 2020
In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:
- identified in the January 2019 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
Service Children – £300
- Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
This money will be used to support your child’s education. You can see how we are planning to spend the money on our Pupil Premium Strategy Report.
Are you entitled?
Please follow the link below to check if you are eligible to claim Free School Meals for your child or speak to our Office Staff who will provide you with a form and they will check for you.