Please see the attached document. Further communication from Tim Browne:
I know that free school meals, and the governments new
voucher scheme, has been one of the most common issues for you all over the
past couple of weeks. I am therefore pleased to say that the DfE have produced
their guidance this morning:
- The national voucher scheme is optional for schools; where schools are happy with their current arrangements these can continue. The voucher system is for term time only so your planned arrangements over Easter will need to be maintained.
- All schools will receive email communication today from Edenred to access and administer this voucher system.
- The costs of the £15 weekly vouchers will be picked up centrally by the DfE – schools will not have to pay for these.
- The DfE are working on guidance for compensation for those schools who have incurred additional costs in providing FSM through their own arrangements.
Director of Education