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Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?

Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.


How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?

Please visit our website  to check your eligibility and download an application form.


Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.


LEAPS Events: autumn 2017

Creative Extras: Art & Design Week

The Art & Design Week will take place from 16 – 20 October 2017, primarily in Edinburgh.

Find out more and apply online:

Deadline for applications: Thursday 28 September 2017 5pm


For final-year LEAPS-eligible students planning to apply for an art and design related course at any higher education institution.


Whatever specialism you are interested in applying to – fine art, photography, graphic design, textiles and everything in between – this week will give you the chance to enhance your experience, portfolio and, ultimately, your application to higher education.




Creative Extras: Acting, Film, Journalism & Music Sessions

Activities will be taking place throughout October and November 2017, in various locations.

Find out more and register interest online:

(Film workshop is now open for applications – details of other sessions tbc, students are encouraged to sign-up for alerts.)

Deadline for expressing interest: Monday 23 October 2017 5pm


For final-year LEAPS-eligible students planning to apply for a creative industries course at any higher education institution.


The sessions are an opportunity to try out new skills, gain confidence and enhance your experience before submitting an application to higher education.





Editing Your Personal Statement Workshop

The Personal Statement Workshop will take place on Friday 3 November 2017

It will run from 2.00-4.00pm at the University of Edinburgh

Find out more and apply online:


Our interactive workshop will help you put the final touches to your UCAS Personal Statement. You will need to bring with you a completed draft of your Personal Statement – ideally a paper copy – to work on during the session. (This is not a session where you will draft your Personal Statement from scratch.) LEAPS staff and Royal Literary Fellows will be on hand to offer advice and answer your questions.



If you have any queries at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0131 650 4676 or at – thanks for your help!

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers

The PSYV East Lothian group is recruiting now for new members and is looking for youths aged 13-15.

EL Recruitment poster

PSYV Leaflet

What we do:

Youth volunteers are mentored through a training programme (which includes activities, team building, fun sessions, guest speakers) that provides a practical understanding of policing and opportunities to participate positively within the community. By volunteering within the community, volunteer awards can be achieved.


Examples of volunteer work and events that the group could be involved in are:

Locally – gala days, air shows, fun runs, issuing crime prevention advice, fundraising.

Nationally – Edinburgh Tattoo, marathon events, PSYV competitions.


Where & when:

Tuesday evenings, 1900-2100 hours, Musselburgh


If this sounds of interest to you, and you are aged 13-15 (or just turned 16), further information can be found on the Police Scotland website at (twitter & FB links also within this page).


Application forms and /or further info can be requested from:

PC Johnston @ Haddington Police Station (

or PC Smith @ Musselburgh Police Station ( with an application return date of Friday 22nd September 2017.