ILR specification: 2020 to 2021

Free Meals Eligibility: attribute field


Learner eligibility for free meals

Reason Required

DfE funding eligibility

Min Occurs
Max Occurs

Collection Requirements

  • 16-19 excluding Apprenticeships (FundModel 25)
  • ESF (FundModel 70)


Collected for ESF funded learners aged 16-18, where applicable (see notes below).

  • Code FME2 should be recorded if the learner is eligible for and has taken up free meals at any point during the teaching year. If the learner becomes ineligible during the year or is no longer receiving free meals then this indicator should not be removed until the start of the following teaching year.

  • Code FME2 should be recorded, where applicable, for 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded learners aged 16-19, 19-24 year old students who are subject to a EHC plan, and ESF funded learners aged between 16 and 18.

  • This data must be reviewed and updated annually to make sure it reflects the learner's eligibility during the current teaching year.