Free School Meals:Written question - 208413

Asked by Layla Moran
(Oxford West and Abingdon)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 14 January 2019
Department for Education
Free School Meals
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many students aged 16 to 19 are eligible for (a) free school meals and (b) free meals in further education.
Answered by: Nadhim Zahawi
Answered on: 17 January 2019

The department does not publish data on the total number of pupils eligible for free meals in further education. Data is only published from those institutions who provide census returns including state-funded secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and local authority alternative provision.

The published data shows the total number of students aged 16 to 19 who were eligible for and claiming free school meals in January 2018 is 32,215.

A more detailed breakdown is available in the national tables document of the 'Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018' statistical release here:

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