Further to our message yesterday (Monday 23 March), we can confirm that from next week we will be issuing an £11.50 Tesco voucher, each week during term time, for pupils who are eligible for a free school meal. We are in the process of confirming contact details so that we can get vouchers to you (by email, by default). Please do not contact the school – wait for us to contact you – we will be in touch as soon as we can. Please do **not** come to school to collect a packed lunch. A £10 voucher will be provided, today, for this week. If government guidance changes, we will follow this. We will keep the situation under review and intend to move back to distribution of food once the current restrictions on movement are relaxed.
Paradigm Trust is monitoring the situation with regards to coronavirus carefully. We are following all relevant government advice. Please click here for further information.
Guidance has been released from the government relating to a national supermarket voucher scheme for families of pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals.
For all pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals, we will provide a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
Vouchers will be sent on a weekly basis from each of our schools, from w/c 20th April. Where possible, this voucher will be sent via email to the address that we hold for you. If that is not possible, we will make alternative arrangements – please contact the school to discuss. NB At the moment, the government’s position is that vouchers will not be issued for the Easter holiday period. If that position changes, we will let you know.
Please find below a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that should explain further details.
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, pupils in reception, Y1 and Y2 were able to take free school meals because of their age, regardless of whether a parent/carer was in receipt of benefits. The government’s position in terms of this policy (‘universal infant free school meals’) is unclear at present. Therefore, while we are awaiting further guidance from the government, Paradigm Trust has made the decision to issue a voucher for £11.50 for the first week back after Easter for all pupils in reception and years 1 and 2 who are not eligible for a voucher under the benefits-related free school meal programme. We hope to offer greater clarity as to whether we can continue this approach straight after the Easter break. Pupils in reception, Y1 and Y2 who are eligible for benefits related free school meals will be issued with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15.
For our London schools, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) has made the decision to stop funding meals for pupils in years 3-6. Therefore, unfortunately, we will only issue vouchers to pupils in Y3-6 if they are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. We will continue to monitor this situation and if LBTH changes its position, we will reinstate voucher support for all pupils in Y3-6.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for benefits-related free school meals, or know that you now are and would like help to sign up for these, please get in contact with the school straightaway and we will be more than willing to assist you. We are ready to provide assistance to get parents/carers registered very rapidly for benefits-related free school meals – so please do get in touch at once, even if you are not sure whether you are eligible.
Here is some guidance from London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the ongoing situation with Coronavirus.Poster-for-parents.doc