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Online Free School Meals Eligibility Checking Service

fsm square 80Four Dwellings Primary Academy using Link2ICT’s Online Free School Meals Eligibility Checking Service.


As anyone who works in schools will know, there are many wide-ranging administration tasks which are extremely time intensive and require laborious organisation and monitoring of paperwork. One such task is the management of checking who is eligible for free school meals. This is especially important because of the connection to Pupil Premium.*

The challenge

The issue of free school meals has always had an unnecessary stigma associated with it, which can make administration difficult when checking if families are eligible or not. It can often be problematic collecting paperwork from parents and then there is the awkward conversation if a family is no longer eligible. Some parents just don’t realise that they might be able to qualify.

The solution

Previously, Four Dwellings Primary would complete the paperwork twice a year, this means that for long periods of time, the figures may not be accurate and the school could be losing out on their full Pupil Premium. After learning about Link2ICT’s Free School Meals Eligibility Checking Service from their Account Manager, the school felt it was an instant solution that would remove the doubt about who could or couldn’t claim free meals.

Lisa attended one of the first workshops provided by Link2ICT about the new service, and was convinced that this would save them valuable administration time, give a clear result about who is eligible or not to claim free meals, and ensure total accuracy about their Pupil Premium numbers. 

The benefits of using the servicefind out sticker pink

  • Complete solution
  • Simple set-up
  • Easy to use
  • Accurate
  • Automatic re-checking
  • Ensure parents have what they are entitled to
  • Maximum Pupil Premium
  • No concerns about storing hard copies of sensitive data
  • Can be used by school and/or the parents 


Head Teacher Rob Jones is extremely pleased with the efficiency of the service as he can be certain the school is receiving the optimum amount of Pupil Premium.

"The free school meal eligibility checking service is excellent; as it does exactly what you want it to do.”  

Lisa Piddington, Senior Office Manager.

The conclusion

The school feels the checking service does exactly what you want it to do, providing accurate, up-to-date results and once the initial information is entered, the system will keep checking for eligibility, automatically, all the time. 


* Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils while closing the gap between them and their peers. The funding will be valid for any pupil eligible for free school meals (FSM) within the last 6 years. It is therefore more crucial than ever that schools access their full entitlement based on eligible pupil numbers. 

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