Educational Awards and Benefits

School Supplies

Staffordshire Education Service provides a range of support services to help parents help their children to have a quality education and life at school.

Benefits and grants can help with transport and school meals. The Education Welfare Service can also help children through upsets or settling into a new school, as well as those having difficulty with regular attendance.  


For more information on home to school and college transport, please see our school transport pages.

Free School Meals

Free meals are provided for children with parents in receipt of certain benefits or child tax credits to a certain income level. Facilities are also available for children to eat food brought from home, although they are encouraged to have a school dinner. For more information or to make an application see our free school meals page.

16 - 19 Bursary

Schools, colleges and training providers have bursary funds to help you if you’re studying or starting a course and face financial hardship.

For more information about 16 - 19 bursaries please visit the DirectGov web site.

Over 16s

For information on post 16 transport please see our post 16 transport page.

Student Financial Support

There are mandatory or discretionary grants available for Higher and Further Education.

Families First 

Education Welfare is now deliverd as part of Families First Targeted Services.  In each district there are a number of Locality Support Teams(LST), see contact details below. Each LST works directly with all Staffordshire schools to ensure that children and young people have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential.  As such all staff within the LST's are trained to support and advise around the whole range of educational attendance issues, you or your child may experience, such as;

  • Attendance problems
  • Supporting home and school relationships
  • Family based issues
  • Part time employment of children

The contact details for your LST are given below

PDF DocumentLST East Contact Details  (58 KB)

PDF DocumentLST West Contact Details  (58 KB)


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