Following the findings of the Cost of the School Day Dundee report, we were delighted to work together with Dundee City Council to launch four ambitious Cost of the School Day pledges on Friday 26th October at the new North East campus.
- No child or young person in Dundee will start school without a breakfast
- No child in Dundee will miss out on their Primary 7 residential trip due to cost
- All schools will develop a Cost of the School Day action plan by the end of session 2018/2019
- All children and young people in Dundee schools will have access to an affordable school uniform
Pupils from Longhaugh Primary School, St Francis RC Primary School and Quarryview Nursery were there to help launch the pledges. CPAG staff were joined by Audrey May, Chief Education Officer, Stewart Hunter, Children and Families Convener, Peter Allan, Community Planning Manager and Head Teacher representatives from Longhaugh, St Francis and Braeview Academy.
Councillor Hunter said:
“These four statements of intent form the initial response from the council to a thorough piece of research by the Cost of the School Day project. The report was called for by the Fairness Commission, which is a constant influence on the way that the council goes about its business. We are determined to make Dundee a better city for all and the continuing work of the project will assist us in tackling the financial barriers faced by many families “
Sara Spencer, Cost of the School Day Project Manager at CPAG in Scotland, said:
“We are delighted that Dundee City Council has responded so swiftly to the challenges described by children and families in the Cost of the School Day Dundee report and set out such a clear statement of intent. Meaningful action from the council in these different areas will mean that all children in Dundee make the most of everything school has to offer them without financial barriers standing in their way.”
Dundee City Council continues to fund Cost of the School Day and over the next few months we will be working with schools to implement these pledges alongside the report’s recommendatons. CPAG in Scotland is excited to see the difference these can make for children, young people and their families in Dundee.