Schools

Holiday free school meals support runs thin as funding dries up

Voucher schemes that continued after the pandemic are beginning to be shelved as government funding becomes more stretched

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Almost 1.9m pupils are now eligible for free school meals

DfE figures show number of children eligible for support has soared by 32% since the pandemic began

James Carr
James Carr
Covid, Schools

Another procurement legal row emerges as DfE ‘under stress’

At least three major outsourcing contracts from the DfE have been at the centre of legal challenges

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Grammar Schools

£64m to make grammar schools more inclusive – but the gap widens

Despite pandemic surge in free school meals rates, grammars given expansion cash have fallen further behind

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Free school meals permanently extended to pupils with ‘no recourse to public funds’

Children of families subject to immigration control were temporarily given access to free meals in April 2020

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Government ‘gaming the figures’ on £24m breakfast club scheme

Freedom of information data shows over half of the clubs involved so far are not new

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Covid

Edenred out as DfE sets up school meal voucher plan B

Edtech firm win 'contingency scheme' contract

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Covid

Edenred: Free school meals voucher company’s profits jump 29%

Company tasked with providing meal vouchers during pandemic saw overall profits jump to £13.9 million

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Education Reform

Speed read: ASCL’s blueprint to tackle education’s ‘entrenched injustice’

The school leaders’ union wants wide-ranging reforms, warning studies suggest rich-poor attainment gap ‘may never close’.

Tom Belger
Tom Belger