The Covid-19 crisis means that many more children and young people face new challenges to their ability to participate fully in the school day. Job losses, furlough and drops in income have pushed more families into poverty and we already know the serious effect that financial hardship can have on children and young people’s learning and wellbeing.
So it’s now more important than ever that we are all aware of the effects of poverty on children and young people and what we can do to reduce or remove financial pressures to learning and participation. To build awareness of the issues and help schools make those vital changes to their communities, the Cost of the School Day project has produced a new set of resources for school staff in Scotland.
The resources are available for you to download and use here:
Children and families say what helped during school closures and what to consider this term.
For use during in service days, at meetings or smaller group sessions, and for individual reflection and professional development.
Notes to support delivery of the main Poverty and Cost of the School Day presentation and slides showing child poverty estimates for each ward in your local authority.
Staff and pupils in schools across Scotland tell us what they are doing to reduce the cost of the school day, and why these changes are making a difference in their school communities.
This easy to use guide lays out the five straightforward steps to successfully tackling financial barriers in schools.
Guidance on developing an effective working group to help drive change and draw on experiences and solutions from across the whole school community.
Contact the Cost of the School Day team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback on these resources and to share further good practice and innovative solutions occuring in your school.