This section includes information about all of our  campaigning work.

Free School Meals

Who is eligible for Free School Meals?

 In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.


How to claim Free School Meals

If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, you’ll usually need to fill in an application form supplied by your local council. Give your completed application to your child’s school and make sure you can show documentary proof of any support you are receiving.

To find your Local Council/Authority to apply for Free School Meals click here.


The CES is supporting The Children's Society Fair and Square campaign to ensure all children living in poverty receive a Free School Meal. For more information see here.

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Transport Toolkit

Welcome to our Transport Toolkit, which we hope that teachers, governors, parents and diocesan officials will find useful as they campaign against cuts to discretionary subsidies for transport to Catholic schools.

In this section of our website you will find some background information about the cuts which have taken place across many local authorities in the last year and some resources to help your campaign, including advice about who to ask for support and tips on gaining media coverage.

We would welcome any feedback, particularly if you have successfully run a campaign to encourage a local authority to reverse its decision to cut discretionary subsidies for transport to Catholic schools. Please email

Good luck with your campaign!

Download the Transport Toolkit for English Schools

Download the Transport Toolkit for Welsh Schools

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