Pupil premium and FSM registration: template letter to parents

Boost your pupil premium funding with our template letter that encourages parents to register their children for free school meals (FSM).

Last reviewed on 11 January 2023
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Please note: the government uses the number of pupils registered for free school meals (FSM) in the autumn school census to work out your pupil premium funding. Read more about how this data determines your funding.

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Use this letter to encourage parents to register their children for FSM, and increase your pupil premium funding.

Our letter is up to date with the latest FSM eligibility criteria

This includes that pupils in households with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) are eligible, subject to maximum income thresholds. The DfE has now permanently extended FSM to pupils from households with NRPF.

Check your understanding of FSM eligibility in this article.


It also includes an optional section about universal infant free school means (UIFSM).

Read more about UIFSM eligibility and funding in another article.

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