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Disadvantaged students’ funding


The Disadvantaged Students’ Funding provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families. Currently, the funding is worth £935 and goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals.  Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months, also continue to qualify for the Disadvantaged Students’ Funding.  From 2012-13, the Government extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) in the past six years.

Why is there Disadvantaged Students’ Funding?
Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

Disadvantaged Students’ Funding Update
Please see the document Disadvantaged Students’ Funding for the draft proposals for 2017/18 development.

Free school meals

If you receive any of the benefits listed below, you can:

BHCC Apply online for
Free School Meals

BHCC – Free school meals application form


Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children, who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, may also get free school meals.

Working Tax Credit
If you are in receipt of any Working Tax Credit you will not be eligible to apply for Free School Meals.

Unsure if you are eligible for free school meals?
Brighton & Hove City Council can undertake an online check for you in complete confidence – you will need to tell them your National Insurance Number or your National Asylum Seeker Number (NASS), your date of birth and your surname (as it appears on your benefit letter)

To contact BHCC directly, call the Free School Meals team on(01273) 293497.


Numeracy and Literacy funding


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