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

Download our template letter

Use this letter to encourage parents to register their children for free school meals (FSM), and increase your pupil premium funding.

KeyDoc: template letter to parents about pupil premium and FSM registration

Up to date with changes to FSM eligibility criteria

Our letter complies with the new FSM eligibility criteria, updated in April 2018 with an earnings threshold for Universal Credit claimants.

Read more about the new eligibility criteria and check your understanding of FSM eligibility.


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

Read more about UIFSM eligibility and funding in another article.

Registration process

It asks you to insert information about your school's process for FSM registration.

Check with your LA how to do this, as it may have locally determined procedures.

Alternatively, the Department for Education has a model form which you could use with our template letter.

Take a look at how

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