NAHT members back call for national system of data sharing for free school meals

NAHT members back call for national system of data sharing for free school meals

The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) will call for a national system of data sharing on free school meals entitlement after a motion to its annual conference passed unanimously.

Delegates at the conference in Liverpool voted to support a motion calling on the next government to introduce a national system of data sharing which would involve schools being automatically informed when pupils are entitled to free school meals, and therefore pupil premium funding, rather than relying on individual parents to apply for their children.

Proposing the motion, NAHT business manager committee member Nicky Gillhespy warned schools were missing out on pupil premium funding because parents did not always apply for free school meals.

Other motions to have passed so far today include one demanding more money for support on mental health issues and another which calls on the next government to raise education funding in real terms to avoid a cash “crisis”.

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