Cost of the School Day | CPAG

Cost of the School Day

breaking down the financial barriers to education
TEACHER AND MOTHER

Talking about Costs and Money at School

Talking about costs and money at school can be difficult, but this animation and resource has lots of great practice and ideas from parents and carers to help schools get it right.

“If all of your friends or people you know go to the after school clubs, school trips, that kind of isolates you from them. You're singled out, you're not with them, just a spare person.

Boy, age 15

 


Cost of the School Day helps all children and young people to take part and be happy at school. We work with everyone to make sure money is never an issue.

Uniforms, trips, school lunches, gym kits, pencils and pens, and dress down days can be difficult to afford for low-income families. When children and young people can’t take part in opportunities because of cost, they miss out and feel excluded, and it is harder for them to learn, achieve and be happy at school. 

Illustration showing various school costs weighing on a child and parent

 

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Cost of the School Day Films

Find out how schools around Scotland are making Cost of the School Day changes.

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About our team

The Cost of the School Day team works across the UK including in Scotland, England and Wales.

The difference Cost of the School Day makes

Taking a Cost of the School Day approach helps schools to mitigate the effects of child poverty.

Resources, Support and Training in Scotland

How we can support your Cost of the School Day approach.
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COST OF THE SCHOOL DAY TOOLKIT

Helping your school community to address the Cost of the School Day

What’s already happening

Just some of the great Cost of the School Day initiatives in schools.

LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN - UK REPORT

To understand how lockdown has impacted children’s experience of learning during the pandemic, we conducted some research through surveys and interviews.

Learning in Lockdown - Scotland report

To understand how lockdown has impacted children’s experience of learning during the pandemic, we conducted some research through surveys and interviews.
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Local authorities taking the lead

What local authorities around Scotland are doing to address the Cost of the School Day.
Man and child

Parents, carers and Parent Councils

Working together to make a difference to the school day.
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reports and publications

Further reading about the Cost of the School Day.