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Have free school meals meant less money for pupils?

An extra 1.3 million pupils and 85% of infant children in England are eating a free school lunch, the government says.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says this is saving families £400 a year.

But there are concerns the scheme means some schools losing out on extra funds aimed at poorer pupils, whose families now have to register separately.

Some schools are said to be giving away iPads to encourage poorer parents to register, so they continue to receive this extra "pupil premium" funding.

Alex Forsyth reports.

  • 18 Dec 2014
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