Support, advice and training | CPAG

Support, advice and training

Awareness raising and advisory support 
The Cost of the School Day team is funded to provide awareness raising and advisory support to schools and local authorities through: 
  • Input to local Head Teacher or cluster meetings or local authority wide forums, network meetings or child poverty events.
  • Guidance on starting Cost of the School Day projects in schools.
  • Engagement with council Cost of the School Day working groups.
  • Advice on local authority position statements and Cost of the School Day policies.
  • Support to use resources and materials, including the Cost of the School Day Toolkit.

Get in touch to arrange any of these inputs: costoftheschoolday@cpagscotland.org.uk

 

Training for school staff
We can deliver professional learning sessions for school staff at Inset days, two hour twilight sessions or half day sessions. Our core Cost of the School Day session supports participants to:
 
  • Understand the causes and extent of poverty, and its impact on children and families.
  • Reflect on the Cost of the School Day and identify its impact on family budgets, learner wellbeing and participation.
  • Find out about the Cost of the School Day practice taking place in other schools across Scotland, and identify their own good practice.
  • Learn about the resources and support available to take this work forward, including use of the Cost of the School Day Toolkit.
  • Identify practical actions to address financial barriers, which can be taken back to their own settings and shared more widely.

In Dundee, over 300 staff took part in professional learning sessions and reported a deeper awareness of the impact of poverty on children and families, greater motivation and the confidence to address the financial barriers to learning.

“Cost of the School Day awareness led to the school being successful in applying for Magic Breakfast support and has secured two years’ worth of funding to provide free breakfast for all pupils.” 

"I wasn't aware of the scale of child poverty. This has really opened my eyes to want to make people aware of this." 

“As a result of attending, I am much more conscious of asking for money for school activities. I now look for other ways to support funding of events.” 

For those working with children and families in schools we offer Cost of the School Day and the benefits system sessions, delivered by our welfare rights advisors. These sessions provide:

  • An understanding of child poverty and its impact on children and their families.
  • Insight into common financial barriers at school and ways to overcome them, with the opportunity to reflect on these issues in your own settings.
  • An overview of the benefits system with emphasis on how to help children and families in a school setting.
  • Practical tips and advice for supporting families to manage universal credit claims effectively.

“I feel all teachers should do this course.”

“I have more confidence to challenge aspects of school practice that may have negative impact.”

The cost of training for school staff sessions include preparation time, travel, delivery, resources to take away and session write up and can be adjusted according to your budget. Typically, a half-day session for up to 20 participants will cost around £650.

Get in touch with us to discuss your training needs: costoftheschoolday@cpagscotland.org.uk

 

Direct work in school communities 
We can work directly in schools to consult with staff, pupils and parents on school costs and financial barriers. Schools receive an action report outlining barriers identified, current practice that is working well and areas which the school community think should be addressed further.
 
Costs depend on the scale of the consultation. Get in touch with us to discuss further: costoftheschoolday@cpagscotland.org.uk