Cost of the School Day

breaking down the financial barriers to education
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The Cost of Having Fun at School

Fun events and special occasions are an important part of the school year, but too many children have to miss out on them because of cost. The Cost of Having Fun at School captures the experiences of over 8,000 pupils with school fun, as well as the views of parents, carers and schools. 

“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. 

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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.

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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.

Cost of the School Day Resources

We provide a range of free resources for schools and local authorities who are trying to remove or reduce financial barriers to education.


Helping your whole school community to address the Cost of the School Day - the newly updated Toolkit includes lots of resources, information and great practice ideas.

What’s already happening

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

Cost of the School Day podcast

Our newly launched Cost of the School Day podcast features short episodes where we share insights, ideas and inspiration to help schools tackle poverty in the classroom.

Cost of Learning in Lockdown

To understand how lockdown has impacted children’s experience of learning this year, our Cost of the School Day programme 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.
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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.

Latest news

Pwysigrwydd cefnogaeth ysgol yn ystod yr argyfwng costau byw

20 May 2022
Rydym yn siarad gyda llawer o deuluoedd fel rhan o brosiect Cost y Diwrnod Ysgol. Mae hyn yn rhoi gipolwg gwerthfawr ar farn rhieni ynghylch costau ysgol mewn tirwedd economaidd sy'n fwyfwy heriol.

The importance of school support during the cost of living crisis

20 May 2022
We talk to lots of families as part of our Cost of the School Day project. This gives us a valuable insight into how parents perceive school costs within an increasingly challenging economic landscape.

Financial help in the school years

Factsheet listing benefits, grants and other financial support available for school age children in Scotland.