ILR specification: 2024 to 2025

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)


  • 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.

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

Attribute Codes

Type Code Title


2 16-19 year old learner is eligible for and in receipt of free meals