Data set from Free school meals: Autumn term

Free school meals - number of FSM eligible pupils and new eligibility from 23rd March

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Number of pupils in state-funded nursery, primary, secondary, special schools and pupil referral units by free school meal eligibility. Also includes number of pupils who have become eligible for free school meals since March 23rd, up to census day (October 1st 2020).

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Pupils and schools
Free school meals: Autumn term
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Eligible since March 23rd
  • Headcount (all pupils)
  • Number of FSM eligible pupils
  • School type
Time period
2019/20 Autumn term to 2020/21 Autumn term

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded primary933189461810520.20718455207075
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded secondary636682350212518.179876587109
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandPupil referral unit55771086451.33468336646
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandTotal1633698829903419.68539953302397
202021Autumn termNationalE92000001EnglandState-funded nursery2231320486.9614328511290

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
fsm_eligibleNumber of FSM eligible pupils
fsm_eligible_percentPercentage of pupils eligible for FSM
headcountHeadcount (all pupils)
new_fsm_eligibleEligible since March 23rd
phaseSchool type - Filter by school type


  1. Includes all state-funded special schools, plus non-maintained special schools
  2. Includes all pupils who are eligible for free school meals at census day (October 1st 2020, October 3rd 2019) and have become eligible since 23rd March of that year. This includes pupils who may have been eligible for free school meals previously but their latest spell has started since this date. This also includes pupils who have joined the reception class, who would not otherwise have been eligible for free school meals prior to the start of the new school year.
  3. Children may be eligible for free school meals in nursery if in a nursery class or nursery school and attending for full days

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