Universal Infant Free School Meal

Are you ready for uiFSM?

As part of the government’s School Food Plan, from the beginning of September 2014 every Primary school in England will be required to provide free meals for all infant pupils. For many schools this will be a challenge and new methods of administration and management will be required.

Nationwide are delighted to announce that we have developed specific functionality to help you control and monitor your catering operation including the new uiFSM requirements.

If you would like to discuss your requirements please do not hesitate to contact us.

Key Points

  • In the 2014 to 2015 academic year schools will be paid funding at a flat rate of £2.30 for each meal taken by newly eligible pupils. Initial provisional allocations will be based on an estimate of national take-up and then adjusted once the department has details of the actual number of meals taken in individual schools
  • Additional one-off funding will be provided in the 2014 to 2015 financial year to small schools (those with up to 150 pupils in total) to help with transitional costs
  • The government is providing £150 million of capital funding in the 2014 to 2015 financial year to support the rollout of UIFSM
  • Targeted advice and support will be provided to schools and local authorities through the UIFSM implementation support service


Reception, year 1 and year 2. From September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools in England will be eligible for free school meals (FSMs). This will include academies, free schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision as well as maintained schools.

The Trust-e Cashless Catering System is a solution, which is designed to meet the ever evolving needs and demands of the catering provision that is required by today’s Primary Schools. We can provide you with simple and efficient catering operation capability whilst also providing the ability to monitor and report on uiFSM and other related sales numbers, values and uptake.

“Here at Nationwide Retail Systems, we are ensuring that we provide schools with a simple and easy method of monitoring and administrating Universal Infant Free School Meals. Using our in house developed Trust-e Cashless System, we have developed new features and functions to enable schools to better manage this new funding stream within schools.” 

David Paylor, Chief Business Development Officer for Nationwide Retail Systems