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Universal infant free school meals: eligibility and funding
Find out how your school is funded for providing universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) and the rules on spending the grant.
All pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools are eligible for the universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). The school types covered are:
- Maintained schools
- Free schools
- Alternative provision settings, including pupil referral units
How your funding allocation is calculated
The UIFSM grant is paid in 2 parts, based on 2 calculations.
Allocations for the 2020/21 academic year are based on:
- A cost of £2.34 for each meal taken by eligible pupils, and
- The assumption that eligible pupils will take 190 school meals in the course of a year
The guidance below is based on the conditions of grant for 2020/21 published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Provisional and final allocations
The final allocation for this academic year will be calculated in June 2021, using
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