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Cost of the School Day resources

The Cost of the School Day project provides a range of resources for schools and local authorities who are trying to remove or reduce financial barriers to education. Some of our resources have been developed with a focus on England or Scotland to fit the needs of each nation's schools and curriculum, but most of them can easily be adapted for other areas.

Not sure where to start? Our toolkits (for Scotland and England) are a great starting point for schools looking to take action on poverty.

On this page, you'll find:

UK resources:

Scotland resources

England resources

Further reading


UK resources
The Cost of the School Day calendar 2021-22

The Cost of the School Day calendar aims to help schools identify possible cost barriers during the academic year, and think about some alternatives to make sure all children and young people can fully participate in education. 

Get the calendar

Calendar front page
Scotland resources
The Cost of the School Day toolkit for schools in Scotland

The Scotland toolkit is designed to get everyone at school talking about Cost of the School Day. It's a comprehensive guide to the process, from discussing issues around costs to working out which approaches and projects will suit your school.

Get the Scotland toolkit



Talking about Costs and Money at School

Talking about school costs and money can be challenging but doing it well helps to break down financial barriers to education and makes sure families get the support they need. We've put together an easy-to-digest animation and a detailed PDF with five clear steps, along with examples and case studies. 

View the animation and resource

Cost of the School Day films

We've heard from children and young people, teachers and school staff, parents and carers who's school has already made Cost of the School Day changes. They've been telling us about the measures they've put in place, and the difference it's made to their schools.

Cost of the School Day across Scotland Resources for learning at Netherburn Primary  Uniforms at Port Glasgow High School


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1-page 'How-to' guide

This easy-to-use guide lays out the five straightforward steps to successfully tackling financial barriers in schools.  

Download the guide 

Cost of the School Day How-To Guide
Awareness raising slides


Our awareness raising slides on child poverty and the Cost of the School Day can be used at whole school inset sessions, in team and department meetings, at Parent Council meetings, at new staff induction, for individual reflection and as part of professional learning. We also provide supporting notes. The slides contain information, reflective questions and short films on the following topics:

  • Child poverty in your school community
  • The impact of Covid-19 on family finances
  • Cost of the School Day and action to support children and families on low incomes

Get the slides and supporting notes

Front page Cost of the School Day awareness raising slides


England resources
Turning the Page on Poverty Toolkit

Our Turning the Page on Poverty toolkit is a practical guide for school staff in England, to help tackle poverty and the cost of the school day. It has information on poverty and ideas for how to reduce the costs of the school day, and was developed in collaboration with Children North East and the National Education Union.

 Get the toolkit

Turning the page on poverty cover


Working group guide

A Cost of the School Day working group can support, guide and monitor your school’s efforts to reduce costs and remove barriers to participation in education for children from low-income families. This guide has advice on developing an effective working group to help drive change and draw on experiences and solutions from across the whole school community. 

Get the guide

Working group guide


School uniform guides

Are you a school looking to develop pre-loved uniform provision or update your school uniform policy? Our 3-page resources have practical tips and advice to help you out. 

The Department for Education has published new statutory guidance for schools which seeks to make school uniform more affordable for families. To help implement the guidance, we've joined forces with the Children’s Society and Children North East to share some ideas and good practice from our research with schools through these practical guides. 

Get the resources

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Further reading

If you're interested in reading more about our work on education in the UK, you can check out the following pages: