Universal infant free school meals

Departmental advice detailing schools' obligation to provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2.



This departmental advice is for:

  • school leaders and headteachers
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • trustees
  • academy sponsors
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

It provides information on:

  • eligibility
  • food standards
  • funding

It also sets details of the implementation support available for schools and the impact of the policy on the pupil premium.

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