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Primary Education: Free School Meals

Question for Department for Education

UIN 11931, tabled on 14 October 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children receiving universal infant free school meals are not registered as free school meal the purposes of pupils for the purposes of pupil premium funding.

Answered on

19 October 2015

The latest research carried out by the Department for Education indicates that under-registration for free school meals fell from 14% (197,700) in 2012 to 11% (161,400) in 2013. The research is available at:

The January 2015 census data was published in the department’s 2015 Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics statistical first release (June 2015), available at: The relevant statistics are at Table 3d of the underlying national data tables.

Pupil premium funding is based on whether pupils have been registered for benefits-related free school meals at any point in the last six years and not only those who are currently registered.

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