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Get help with school costs

As the cost of living rises, no child should go without. Find out about 3 types of support you may be entitled to.

Don't miss out: free school meals


If your circumstances have changed recently, or if you receive certain benefits, your child may be entitled to free school meals. You may also be entitled to vouchers or funding for meals during school holidays (up to the end of the Spring Term 2023).

School meals promote healthy eating, increases the variety of food your child might eat, and can improve their behaviour and social skills.

Check if your child is entitled to free school meals

Claim what's yours: get help with school essentials


If your child already gets free school meals, there could be more help available for school essentials (PDG Access).

This package can help with the costs of school essentials like uniforms and equipment, to make sure your child is ready for the school day.

You could be entitled to support of up to £300 for:

  • school uniform: including sports kit and footwear
  • school activities: this could include learning a musical instrument, sports equipment and other equipment for after school clubs
  • classroom essentials: this could include pens, pencils, school bags or a laptop or tablet where the school cannot loan the equipment

Find out if you can get help with school essentials

There's more to come...


From September 2022, schools will start to rollout Universal Primary Free School Meals, starting with children in Reception year.

If you have a child starting in Reception class in September, they will be entitled to free school meals. You may need to request or register them for free school meals, so the school knows how many meals to prepare.

Find out more about Universal Primary Free School Meals

Get help with the cost of living

Find out more about other support that may be available to you.