Online Free School Meals (OFSM): more for schools.

Free school meals are the Department for Education's proxy for a “deprivation indicator” and attract additional sources of funding for eligible pupils.

As well as the obvious benefits for families, eligibility also attracts the Pupil Premium, the Coalition’s flagship policy aimed at levelling the playing field. But applications for them, and checking out those applications’ validity, are fraught with difficulty. Some parents are too embarrassed to apply, the validation routes are complex and the transactions take a long time, or simply fail - causing both frustration and waste.

Enter SDA and “Online Free School Meals”
(we call it OFSM).

OFSM provides a simple online form for a parent or carer to fill out then automates the entire process by which an application can be made and a decision notified. Instead of taking days or weeks it takes minutes or even seconds. The children get their free meals - and often other benefits like uniform grants - and schools and academies get their Pupil Premium.

It really is that simple.

OFSM now helps more than 50,000 children get their due. Over 1000 schools in some of the largest local authorities in the country rely on the system to track their eligibility and the evidence is clear: it really works. Lower overheads, extra Pupil Premium, increased take-up, happier parents and healthier children all converge on a win/win situation for all concerned.

In short SDA's innovative thinking and clever technology have combined to make a real difference to children and their schools.

This is our technology in action.
OFSM website

See also: Online Free School Meals as a cloud-based solution: Three case studies of its use in England

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