This section provides data collected through the School Meals census. The data is collected in October each year for all grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland. The information available includes data on uptake of school meals and of free school meals. The analyses present information by school sector, management type and former Education and Library Board areas.
This is an Official Statistics publication. Official statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Statistics.
Data relating to each of the year's listed may be accessed by clicking on the link for that year.
- School meals 2021/22 - Suspended
- School meals 2020/21
- School meals 2019/20
- School meals 2018/19
- School meals 2017/18
- School meals 2016/17
- School meals 2015/16
- School meals 2014/15
- School meals 2013/14
- School meals 2012/13
- School meals 2011/12
- School meals 2010/11
More information on the school meals census data collection exercise is available on the following DE page:
If you require information that is additional to that already published, contact the Analytical Services Unit (ASU). We will conduct special analysis of data held upon request, where it is appropriate.
Review of school meals uptake statistics
Statistics and Research Team within the Department recently reviewed the School Meals Uptake Census and related statistical outputs. The review report is available at the following link: