Support for Families
We recognise that this is a worrying time for families. We recognise that there will be ongoing financial pressures for those who currently receive government support, as well as those who may soon require this due to changing circumstances. We have collated some key information that we hope will help alleviate these concerns.
Free School Meal & Clothing Grants
We ask that as parents/carers, if your household meets the criteria for free school meals that you please consider this. The allowance and grant will not only offer your child an allowance each day, but the Scottish Government's Equity Funding means that the school will also receive a sum of money that they can use to support young people in a variety of ways, and so it is not only beneficial for your child but also to others. The number of people signed up to this is increasing, and despite of potential school closures, we encourage you to read below and sign-up if eligible.
New Applications: you can apply for free school meals and a clothing grant if you receive:
- Universal Credit (where your monthly earned income is not more than £610)
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income based Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Your child is also entitled to free school lunches and a clothing grant if you receive:
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and your annual income is less than £16,105
- Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit, and your annual income is less than £6,900
There is a single application form for both benefits and you need to apply once per year. Please complete the application https://www.beeslackhigh.co.uk/page/?title=Financial+Assistance&pid=458
Automatic Renewals, you should have received a letter for an automatic award if you meet all three of these conditions:
- You got an award for the previous school year
- You get Midlothian Council Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, and
- Get Income Support, income-based Job Seekers Allowance or any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
If you have not received a letter and you meet the criteria above, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org giving your full name, full postal address and children’s names.
In Scotland, all girls are entitled to free sanitary products and these are mainly accessed in school. In preparation for the event of a school closure, we are providing girls with sanitary products to take home. There is no limit as to how many the girls can take, and these can be shared with female family members. Please do encourage your daughter to take advantage of this
Whilst most learning is online, we know it is becoming more challenging to get out to shops, and so pupils will be offered school resources including stationery (pencils, pens, rubbers etc.) and library books to take home if they wish. It is also important that all parents/carers inform the school if their child does not have access to the internet and/or a device - we can explore support to ensure that your child can access the learning that is available online.
You will find these in the following locations, all are currently open:
- Sacred Heart (Thursday evening - walk in)
- North Kirk (Thursday evening - referral by Children & Families only)
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) programme
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) programme aims to provide financial support to 16 to 19 year-olds from lower-income households who are attending school. We wish to reassure parents/carers that in the event of school closure, absence would be considered authorised and therefore based on below guidelines, payments would continue: 'Education providers will be required to record attendance of EMA recipients on days when learning centres are open to students. Where the institution is closed on days when it would normally be open (if learning centre is closed due to unforeseen circumstances) these days should be considered authorised absences.' If you think your child may be entitled to EMA, but are not in receipt of this, please contact the school email address and we will provide you with information on how to apply.