We are delighted to be able to share the findings of an independently commissioned evaluation, which shows the positive impact that Cost of the School Day is having on child poverty awareness, policy and practice within schools and local authorities.
Commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, this evaluation finds that the Cost of the School Day programme has led to:
- 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.
Child poverty rates are forecast to rise, which means that more families may struggle to afford the costs associated with school. However all children should have equal access to opportunities and learning, and this report shows that schools and local authorities can make a difference.
We look forward to working with all of our partners in the future to build on the great work already happening, and to use the learning from this evaluation to tackle the new areas of work it suggests.
To look at an executive summary, the full evaluation, a briefing for schools and a briefing for local authorities go to…
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