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The Cost of the Nursery Day: mitigating poverty-related barriers to learning and participation

10 March 2021
Douglas O'Malley of Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, tells us about Cost of the Nursery Day work to identify poverty related barriers to learning and participation in nurseries and practical ways to overcome them.

Learning lessons from last lockdown: what helps school children and families on low incomes

14 January 2021
As a second lockdown begins, school buildings and playgrounds across Scotland are once again closed, and families face more home learning. We all know 2020 was an incredibly difficult year for many of us, but for those living on lower incomes the extra pressure has made maintaining family life even harder. As we enter a second lockdown what can we do to ensure school at home will work for everyone? From what children and parents told us last time around, we have established a set of actions and guidelines to help us move forward.

The Cost of Learning in Lockdown - Cost of the School Day report released

22 June 2020
During May 3218 parents and carers, and 1074 children and young people responded to our Cost of the School Day survey

Latest Cost of the School Day ebulletin

15 June 2020
Applications opened for the best start grant in Scotland on 1 June, and now is a good time for families to make applications for the clothing grant and free school meals too - which can really help to reduce the cost of going back to school for those on low incomes. For information and advice on how to access these entitlements, see the latest Cost of the School Day ebulletin.

Cost of the School Day - a head teacher's view

02 April 2019
David McNulty, Headteacher of Avenue End Primary School, outlines his school’s experiences with the Cost of the School Day project and the lessons learned. (This blog post first appeared on Glasgow Centre for Population Health's website)

Dundee City Council launches its four Cost of the School Day pledges

26 October 2018
In response to the findings of the Cost of the School Day Dundee report, we were delighted to work with Dundee City Council to launch four ambitious Cost of the School Day pledges at the new North East campus on Friday 26th October.

New national Cost of the School Day Toolkit launched today alongside The Cost of School film resource

04 September 2018
Today, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have jointly launched a suite of resources to raise awareness of school costs, prompt discussion and support action on child poverty in schools.

New poverty related Attainment Challenge Partnership project launched by Young Scot

30 August 2018
A new Attainment Challenge Partnership has been launched by Young Scot. Working with six local authorities, Transport Scotland and Improvement Services the partnership will utilise the smart-enabled Young Scot National Entitlement Card to deliver new targeted and bespoke local smart-entitlements and opportunities, focussed on travel, health and wellbeing, to tackle inequalities, improve attainment in education and challenge rural poverty.

Report of the Education and Skills Committee inquiry into poverty and attainment published

12 July 2018
The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee has made a number of recommendations relevant to Cost of the School Day following its inquiry into the impact of poverty on attainment and achievement of school-aged children and young people.

120,000 families to benefit from new £100 national minimum school clothing grant

30 May 2018
CPAG in Scotland is delighted to welcome the new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland following a longstanding campaign with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others for a minimum level of grant.