CPAG in Scotland Cost of the School Day submission to the Scottish Parliament's inquiry into poverty and attainment
The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee is holding an inquiry on the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school, including their attainment and their achievement.
In our response to the Committee’s call for written evidence on poverty and attainment we highlighted the importance of tackling the key drivers of poverty, as well as setting out the impact that action to reduce or remove cost barriers across the school day can make to children and their families.
"Child poverty rates in Scotland look set to rise further in coming years without substantial policy changes at UK and Scotland level. It is vital that the Scottish Parliament prioritises action to end that poverty. In the meantime, children from low income households can’t achieve at school if barriers created by poverty are not addressed. Cost of the School Day interventions puts money in family pockets and helps schools to remove financial barriers, clearing the way for children to fully participate, learn and achieve."
John Dickie, Director of CPAG, will be drawing on the Cost of the School Day project in his forthcoming appearance before the Scottish Parliament Education Committee (18th April).