School Attendance and Pupil Welfare

School Essentials Grant (formerly the Pupil Development Grant Access)

Children whose families are on lower incomes and qualify for certain benefits (linked to existing eligibility criteria for free school meals) can apply for the grant of £225 per learner, and £300 for those learners entering year 7, recognising the increased costs associated with starting secondary school. The additional £100 is for this year only.

All compulsory school years are now eligible.

Families who are on lower incomes and qualify for certain benefits can submit a claim if they have a child in:

  • primary school from reception to year 6
  • secondary school from year 7 to year 11

All looked after children qualify for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not. Pupils who receive Free School Meals due to transitional protection arrangements do not qualify for this funding.

Families are only entitled to claim once per child, per school year.

The 2022 to 2023 scheme is now open and will close on 30 June 2023.

Apply for free school meals

For more information, please contact

ID: 6663, revised 14/04/2023