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Last reviewed on 28 April 2021
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School types: All · School phases: Primary

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
  • Academies
  • 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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