Schools fear change to school meal grant

Southend Standard: Schools fear change to school meal grant Schools fear change to school meal grant

SCHOOLS fear a drop in funding from the Government as the system used to identify children from low-income families is set to change.

Pupil premium, a Government grant, is allocated to schools with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and is aimed at bridging the gap between them and their classmates.

The cash is allocated based on which children receive free school meals.

For the 2013/14 academic year schools received £953 for each child from a low income family.

This will rise to £1,300 from September.

But, from September, a new scheme will see all infant school pupils given a free meal, regardless of household income. This means children will not be automatically signed up for the premium, and parents will have to apply independently.

Some schools are concerned this will mean they will lose out on pupil premium if parents do not apply.

In a letter to parents, Richard Green, headteacher at Grove Wood Primary School, in Grove Road, Rayleigh, said: “With all children receiving free school meals automatically, this means that we can no longer identify those children who would have previously qualified for Pupil Premium.

“I would, therefore, urge parents to apply for free school meals if they are on a low income.

“The more eligible parents who claim free school meals, the more funding the school receives to support children’s learning.”

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4:20pm Thu 19 Jun 14

jolllyboy says...

When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.
When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give. jolllyboy
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4:47pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Time to start charging the Parents for these costs
Time to start charging the Parents for these costs Nowthatsworthknowing
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6:24pm Thu 19 Jun 14

whateverhappened says...

jolllyboy wrote:
When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.
Why will giving all children free dinners save money? and why would "suffering hardship" entitle the school to extra money, i dont see the corallation between being poor (ish) and the school needing extra money to teach a poor(ish) child
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.[/p][/quote]Why will giving all children free dinners save money? and why would "suffering hardship" entitle the school to extra money, i dont see the corallation between being poor (ish) and the school needing extra money to teach a poor(ish) child whateverhappened
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6:31pm Thu 19 Jun 14

jayman says...

jolllyboy wrote:
When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.
couldn't agree more.

the Tory parties tag line is 'for hard working people'

yet their not for.

. The disabled
. Children from low income families
. Common and pragmatic standards in education
. The NHS
. Anyone earning minimum wage
. The military community
. The police force
. The fire brigade
. Teachers LSA's et al.
. Nurses HCA's et al.
. basic working rights

so what are the Tory party for?

socially divisive tropes and self-interested, inward looking ideology.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.[/p][/quote]couldn't agree more. the Tory parties tag line is 'for hard working people' yet their not for. . The disabled . Children from low income families . Common and pragmatic standards in education . The NHS . Anyone earning minimum wage . The military community . The police force . The fire brigade . Teachers LSA's et al. . Nurses HCA's et al. . basic working rights so what are the Tory party for? socially divisive tropes and self-interested, inward looking ideology. jayman
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7:02pm Thu 19 Jun 14

jayman says...

whateverhappened wrote:
jolllyboy wrote:
When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.
Why will giving all children free dinners save money? and why would "suffering hardship" entitle the school to extra money, i dont see the corallation between being poor (ish) and the school needing extra money to teach a poor(ish) child
I would guess its a poisoned chalice. The tories will use this police as a device to justify horrid and abhorrent cuts later on.

Tory spokesperson "well we are feeding their kids at least once per day... so they don't need things like working tax credits, housing benefit or other such things that, to be quite frank, they where probably so sick of receiving, they are all very glad that we did them all a favour, I mean! have you seen the size of the form they need to fill out to claim such benefits! I'm surprised they managed it in the first place considering the half assed token education we laid on for them. Of course, the fact is. Despite the projected impression that we are all about 'choice' and free market, we're actually affording a selective part of society with all the bells and whistles that capitalism has to offer, while socially engineering a restricted sub-class within the confines of a pseudo-communist, series of basic state provision. This is why we love the idea of feeding children at school while the food bank feed them at home, their parents can work whatever hours they can find in zero hours contracts, while 'this bit is genius' they earn less then seven pounds per hour, hahah... and... hahahaha. we will tell them they're so lucky now they have been lifted out of income tax. Bbbrrrraahhhhh hahahahahahaha!
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: When new ideas are implemented the powers that be do not seem to look at the consequences. However this govt does seem to wish to hide the numbers of those suffering hardship and this new system will not only save them money but hide the detrimental affects of their welfare reforms. Not everybody is out of work due to choice which is the impression they would like to give.[/p][/quote]Why will giving all children free dinners save money? and why would "suffering hardship" entitle the school to extra money, i dont see the corallation between being poor (ish) and the school needing extra money to teach a poor(ish) child[/p][/quote]I would guess its a poisoned chalice. The tories will use this police as a device to justify horrid and abhorrent cuts later on. Tory spokesperson "well we are feeding their kids at least once per day... so they don't need things like working tax credits, housing benefit or other such things that, to be quite frank, they where probably so sick of receiving, they are all very glad that we did them all a favour, I mean! have you seen the size of the form they need to fill out to claim such benefits! I'm surprised they managed it in the first place considering the half assed token education we laid on for them. Of course, the fact is. Despite the projected impression that we are all about 'choice' and free market, we're actually affording a selective part of society with all the bells and whistles that capitalism has to offer, while socially engineering a restricted sub-class within the confines of a pseudo-communist, series of basic state provision. This is why we love the idea of feeding children at school while the food bank feed them at home, their parents can work whatever hours they can find in zero hours contracts, while 'this bit is genius' they earn less then seven pounds per hour, hahah... and... hahahaha. we will tell them they're so lucky now they have been lifted out of income tax. Bbbrrrraahhhhh hahahahahahaha! jayman
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