Covid-19 - Resources to support children’s wellbeing and education for schools, parents and carers

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Free School Meal Vouchers will be available over the summer holidays

During school closures schools have been supporting children entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) with either daily packed lunches, weekly hampers or supermarket vouchers. Until yesterday the Government had confirmed there were no plans to continue to fund the national voucher scheme over the summer holidays. However, with thanks Marcus Rashford and many other campaigners, including Sustain, a U turn was announced.

The year, over the 6 week summer break, all children and young people who’s family meet the FSM eligibility criteria, will receive a 6 week block of vouchers equivalent to £15 per week, per child, to spend on food from a range of supermarkets.

This lifeline will make such a different to many families and children and can often be the different between no food, food of poor nutritional quality or a healthy meal. You can read the full article by Sustain here https://www.sustainweb.org/news/jun20_fsmwin/

Families in Leeds can check if they meet the eligibility criteria and apply at https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/council-tax-and-benefits/free-school-meals

Schools can order a copy of the Free School Meals Toolkit by emailing schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk. The toolkit contains all the information you need to know about free school meals, plus resources and promotional materials to help encourage parents to claim such as posters, leaflets letter templates, surveys and much more!

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Covid-19 - Resources

Firstly may we say THANK YOU to everyone who is working hard during this time to keep children and young people happy, learning, laughing, active and calm at this time of great uncertainty!

We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have produced a range of advice and free resources for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers in your school.

These resources are updated every week so please check them on a regular basis.

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