Free School Meals: Ethnic Groups

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st July 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many BAME children are in receipt of school meals support in (a) England, (b) the North West and (c) Manchester Gorton constituency.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The most recent figures for number of pupils eligible for and claiming free school meals is based on the school census for January 2020. The number of children eligible for and claiming free school meals in January 2020, by major ethnic group and for the requested geographies, are provided in the table below.

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals by major ethnic group, 2020

England

North West region

Manchester, Gorton parliamentary constituency

Asian

139,720

19,470

1,800

Black

127,260

12,070

1,210

Chinese

2,850

480

20

Mixed

121,190

13,770

650

White

982,950

171,650

1,740

Any other ethnic group

44,250

6,940

810

Unclassified

22,390

2,570

100

Figures rounded to the nearest 10, source Spring 2020 School Census

Further information can be found in the annual 'School, pupils and their characteristics' statistical release:

https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-pupils-and-their-characteristics.

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