The Cost of the School Day project

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Supporting schools to ensure that all children, regardless of their financial background, get the most out of the school day.

All too often, children from low-income families don’t have the resources they need for school and can’t easily afford to take part in school activities which cost money. School costs can put pressure on low-income families and mean that children are at risk of missing out on opportunities at school and feeling different, excluded and unhappy. This can undermine their health, wellbeing and potential attainment at school.

The Cost of the School Day involves children, parents and school staff in identifying cost barriers and in taking action to remove them. Our approach is based on research in Glasgow schools into financial barriers to participation and children’s views on the best ways to overcome them.

Cost of the School Day is recognised as an Intervention for Equity in the Pupil Equity Fund National Operation Guidance.

The main impact of the project in our school is a change of mind-set. Rather than going ahead and doing things, we’re really thinking carefully about costs and financial impact on our children and families - the phrase ‘cost of the school day’ comes up constantly now in our planning and discussions. It’s not just an initiative or project where we go back to normal after it’s finished, there’s been a real shift in our thinking.” (Head Teacher, Glasgow)

Find out more about our research, use our resources and learn about the support we offer to local authorities and schools interested in poverty proofing their policies and practices: