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Free School Meals Update

Please see the attached document. Further communication from Tim Browne:


Dear colleagues,

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:


Key messages:



  • 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.

    Best wishes




    Tim Browne

    Director of Education 

27 Mar 2020

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