Talking about school costs and money can be challenging but doing it well helps to break down financial barriers to education and makes sure families get the support they need.
When schools communicate well about costs, entitlements and wider financial support, it takes pressure off of families, puts money in their pockets and helps children and young people take part at school. But we know that this isn’t always straightforward.
Together with the National Parent Forum of Scotland, we have brought together experiences and suggestions from over 1800 parents and carers across Scotland into an animation and a practical resource for schools.
Talking about Costs and Money is split into five simple steps which are all designed to open up or enhance a whole school conversation about costs and money. As well as great advice from parents, the resource contains a range of case studies from schools working hard to get this right for their families.
And, when schools do get this right, parents say:
I feel less embarrassed about financial worries. I am so grateful for this simple but powerful thing: I feel we are not alone.
This helped me apply for free school meals and clothing grants as well as other grants/schemes to help with school costs.
It's the way they talk to you, you don't feel embarrassed or small.
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who took the time to share their thoughts and experiences with us.
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