Free school meals: Poorer pupils miss out in funding change, say unions

A “worrying” number of poorer school pupils will miss out on extra funding because of a change in the way support is allocated, unions say.

New figures show more than one in five children in England are now eligible for free school meals – an increase of 420,000 children since March 2020.

But extra funding for schools will be based on data from last October rather than the latest figures for January.

The government says the date change will help with budget planning.

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