Financial Help with School Costs
Free School Meals
In addition to free school meals, your child may be entitled to help with other school costs if you are on a low income. You should speak to your local authority to see what other help you are able to receive.
Making an application
You can complete an application and apply to your local education authority (LEA). Visit Find your local council to locate your local LEA.
Help with special needs and disabilities
Activities and Educational Visits
Your child's school can sometimes request a voluntary payment for extra curricular activities and educational visits. Although your child will not be prevented from attending, these may be cancelled if not enough money has been collected in to fund the visit or activity.
Applying for help with transport to and from school
Your child has a disability or special educational needs
If your child is unable to walk to school because of their special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), they should be eligible for free school transport, visit the Gov.UK postcode checker web page for more information.
If your child is unable to walk to school because it's dangerous because they need to cross major roads, for example, then they may also be eligible for help with transport costs.
If your child is older and in a sixth form or is an apprentice, the help available will depend on where you live. Visit Gov.UK for information about free transport for people over 16 and in full-time education or training.