Cost of the School Day evaluation released
Over the last six years CPAG in Scotland’s Cost of the School Day project has worked to bring about policy and practice change, designed to remove or reduce the financial barriers to education which can affect children’s ability to engage with school and learning.
Now we are delighted to be able to share the results of an evaluation, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, which shows the positive impact that the Cost of the School Day project has had on school and local authority child poverty awareness, policy and practice.
We know that unequal access to learning and opportunities at school can mean unequal outcomes for children, but we’ve seen that action by schools and local authorities to address costs can and does help clear the way of the daily financial hurdles some children face. The evaluation found evidence of:
- Changes in the understanding of the drivers and consequences of child poverty and school costs among school staff and some parent councils.
- New school policies and practices that are more poverty sensitive.
- Reduced or removed cost barriers to participation in school and after-school activities.
- Schools or parent councils securing and using available funding to lessen child poverty within their setting.
- Increased participation in school and after-school activities.
- Reduced school-related financial pressures for families
- Promotion of entitlements and financial supports available to parents.
- Increased uptake of entitlements.
Alongside the great work already happening, the report outlines some of the areas which the Cost of the School Day project could develop further. The learning from this evaluation will be invaluable as we tackle these new challenges.
We look forward to building on the fantastic work that’s already been done, and continue to support our partners to help children to learn, achieve and be happy at school.