At Get My Grades, we know that sometimes families can experience difficult circumstances. We believe that learning should be accessible to everyone, even when times are hard and our aim is to ensure everyone can access our pioneering learning software, no matter their challenges.
So, students who are eligible for Free School Meals are eligible to access Get My Grades for a subsidised price. All families would need to provide is proof of eligibility each school year, to gain full access to all of the benefits. This information will be kept confidential between us, and your child will receive the same amazing service as all of our other students.
List of Proofs
Below is a list of proofs that are acceptable, as based on the government’s current guidelines for eligibility:
- We need to see a letter from Jobcentre Plus, stating that the person is receiving Income Support. This letter should be dated within the last 8 weeks, and we will need to see all pages of the letter.
Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA):
- Please note, only those eligible for Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance are eligible for Free School Meals, those receiving Contribution Based Jobseeker’s Allowance are not eligible.
- A four page letter from the Jobcentre Plus will be required, and as with Income Support, we will need to see all pages of the letter, which should be dated within the past 8 weeks.
- We cannot accept the Jobseeker’s Attendance Card, as it does not specify whether the Allowance is Income or Contribution Based.
Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA):
- Please note, only those receiving Income-Related ESA are eligible for Free School Meals.
- We need to see all pages of a letter from Jobcentre Plus, stating that Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance is being received. This letter should be dated within the last 8 weeks.
Child Tax Credits
- We will need to see a Tax Credit Award Notice, dated for the current financial year. This notice has the code TC602, and will be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. As with other criteria, we will need to see all pages.
- We will check specific details on this notice:
- You are currently receiving Child Tax Credit
- Your income is below the £16,190 threshold
- There is no ongoing entitlement to Working Tax Credit
- If you have a joint claim (two people on the same Award Notice), income levels and tax credit elements will be applicable to both claimants, which includes Working Tax Credits.
Support Under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- As claimants will not yet have a National Insurance number, we will need to see a letter from the UK Border Agency which confirms eligibility for support. Claimants will however, have a National Asylum Seeker’s Service number. We will need to see this number, as well as your full name and date of birth.
- Each year that you claim, we will need to see an up to date letter from the UK Border Agency, as well as your National Asylum Seeker’s Service Number, your full name and date of birth.
- Once Asylum applications have be processed and a National Insurance number has been received, we ask that you provide alternative proof of eligibility, as this criteria will no longer be met.
Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- We need to see a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions, dated within the past three months, which states that the claimant receives the Guarantee element.
- We cannot accept Pension Credit Books, nor can we accept forms stamped by the Pension service, as neither of these confirm the type of Pension Credit received.
- Universal Tax Credits are replacing a number of other benefits, including those listed above. If you have been transferred onto Universal Tax Credits, we will need to see all pages of a letter confirming your current eligibility.