Adding Free school meal eligibility to a student's profile allows you to not charge the student for meals and certain clubs and trips, and to report eligibility in your census (you can see errors that may flag in your census for FSM here).
Please note that we do not have an Eligibility Checker built in to Arbor, so you'll need to use another system if you need to validate whether a student should be logged as FSM.
- Student Profile: Background: Administer All Students - View/input/modify student background information (for example: traveller status, service child in education) for all students
- Student Profile: Background: Administer My Students - View/input/modify student background information (for example: traveller status, service child in education) for students assigned to the user
If you don't have the permission, you'll need to ask your admin team to give you permission using these instructions.
Adding FSM Eligibility
To add a period of free school meal eligibility to a child, go to their student profile and scroll down to the Background section.
Click +Add and select Add Free School Meal Eligibility.
In the slide over, add the dates they were eligible for free school meals for, then click Add eligibility.
The DfE has outlined that during the implementation of Universal Credit , all students who have free school meals on or later will remain protected until the end of the universal credit roll-out period.
Please make sure that for each student that has an FSM period that covers , that the end date is set to Ongoing.
You will see the Derived Background Indicators section will also be updated with FSM and any other indicators calculated in the background.
Make sure none of the FSM periods overlaps and that all but the most recent have an end date. You can check this by clicking the Background > Free School Meal field and scrolling down to the bottom of the slide over.
You can edit the periods of eligibility if needed by clicking them and clicking Edit.
Editing or removing FSM Eligibility
For each student that has FSM, make sure none of the FSM periods overlaps and that all but one have an end date. To edit a period of eligibility, click the Eligible field.
To edit the current period of eligibility, click Edit. To edit previous periods on eligibility, select the period of eligibility.
You can then edit or delete the eligibility.