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Challenge Poverty Week guest blog: Reducing the Cost of the School Day with #YSAttain

06 October 2021
At the Cost of the School Day project we know that costs throughout the school day can pile pressure on families and affect young people’s participation, learning and wellbeing. This Challenge Poverty Week, we hear from our partners at Young Scot about how their #YSAttain project is helping young people take part and saving their families money.

Time for Lunch: why children in poverty are currently denied free school meals

03 September 2021
For children living in poverty, school should be a place where they can access learning and essential opportunities in the same way as their peers. Free school meals should be available so children can eat during their school day without any worry and parents have one less thing to think about. That way, children can focus on learning, playing and fully participating in their education. Unfortunately, for more than a third of children in poverty in the UK, access to a free daily meal at school is denied.

“I have been surprised sometimes at the candour of pupils”

20 July 2021
This is the second of a series of five blogs about why listening to pupils is key to tackling the cost of the school day. Kirsty Campbell, our Cost of the School Day Practitioner in Moray, describes how eye-opening it is to speak to pupils about school costs and money, and how willing pupils are to share their views.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 4: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar/ Western Isles Council

17 May 2021
In the final of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Rachel Macdonald and Donald Macleod of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar/ Western Isles Council tell us about the key role that Education Attainment Apprentices play in tackling financial barriers and supporting children's inclusion, participation and engagement.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 3: Dundee City Council

17 May 2021
In the third of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Fiona Low of Dundee City Council tells us about their journey so far and the priority this work continues to have in the city.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 2: Moray Council

17 May 2021
In the second of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Lynne Riddoch of Moray Council discusses practical work happening in all Moray schools to remove cost barriers and achieve equity.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 1: North Ayrshire Council

17 May 2021
In the first of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Councillor Robert Foster of North Ayrshire Council tells us about the development of their exciting new whole systems approach.

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.

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)