Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Make sure your local school doesn't lose out on vital funding

27
Aug
Our schools return from their summer holidays next week, and from now on, all children aged between 4 and 7 will receive a free school meal at lunch time – regardless of their family income. 

At a time when lots of parents in Wirral are struggling to put food on the table, schools can be, and often are, a highly effective line of defence against hunger.

But I am asking for your help to ensure this new policy doesn’t result in your local school losing out on important funding. 

Schools currently receive extra money depending on the number of poor children they have on their register. This ‘Pupil Premium’ funding is a crucial means to help schools provide poor children with the support they need to do well. 

There is a concern amongst some of our local head teachers that registrations might drop off if infants’ school meals are universally free, as this new policy takes away the need for parents to register their income with the school. 

Schools will lose out on Pupil Premium funding, therefore, if parents on low incomes no longer register their circumstances.

Some teachers have told me also that their kitchens simply aren’t big enough to cope with the new wave of children who are now entitled to free school meals. 

I have therefore written to the Education Secretary asking her to make sure that poor children don’t lose out.

Might I please ask, if your child would have been eligible for free lunches under the old rules, that you continue to register your circumstances so your school doesn’t lose out on vital funding?

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