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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.

"Claim ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs" - The Scotsman, 19 April 2018

19 April 2018
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee's inquiry into poverty and attainment, highlighted Cost of the School Day evidence of the impact of having to pay for curriculum costs in subjects such as home economics, art and design, technical studies, English and drama and music.

"Claim ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs" - The Scotsman, 19 April 2018

19 April 2018
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee's inquiry into poverty and attainment, highlighted Cost of the School Day evidence of the impact of having to pay for curriculum costs in subjects such as home economics, art and design, technical studies, English and drama and music.

CPAG in Scotland Cost of the School Day submission to the Scottish Parliament's inquiry into poverty and attainment

22 March 2018
The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee is holding an inquiry on the impact of experiencing poverty on young people at school, including their attainment and their achievement. In our response to the Committee’s call for written evidence on poverty and attainment we highlighted the importance of tackling the key drivers of poverty, as well as setting out the impact that action to reduce or remove cost barriers across the school day can make to children and their families.

Can we put the 'poverty of aspiration' myth to bed now? New research briefing from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

18 December 2017
This briefing paper by Morag Treanor of CRFR uses responses from parents and children in the birth cohort study Growing Up in Scotland to dispel the myth of the ‘poverty of aspiration’ widely used in education and policy circles in Scotland and beyond.