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Children whose families are on lower incomes and qualify for certain benefits can apply for a grant of:

  • £125 per learner
  • £200 for learners entering year 7 (to help with increased costs associated with starting secondary school)

All compulsory school years from reception to year 11 (or equivalent) are now eligible.

All looked after children qualify for the grant, whether they receive free school meals or not. Learners who receive free school meals due to transitional protection arrangements do not qualify.

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

The 2023 to 2024 scheme closed on 31 May 2024 and is no longer taking applications.

The new grant scheme will open on 1 July 2024 and will close on 31 May 2025.

For further information on eligibility or the application process, please contact your local authority directly.

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