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Primary Education: Free School Meals

Question for Department for Education

UIN 133166, tabled on 19 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of primary school children were eligible for free schools meals in (a) 2009-2010, (b) 2013-2014 and (c) 2017-2018.

Answered on

27 March 2018

For 2010, the number and percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals are 717,060 and 17.3%, respectively.

For 2014, the number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals are 755,485 and 17.0%, respectively.

For 2017, the number and percentage of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals are 666,708 and 14.1%, respectively.

The ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018’ statistical release will be released in June 2018, (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2018).