The cost of living crisis is hitting families hard. Fabienne Crocket from the UK Cost of the School Day project considers four areas where we might review our provision to ensure the costs of school are not adding to the burden

Families with children are being deeply impacted by the current cost increases –from energy to food, family budgets are being increasingly stretched.

Through the UK Cost of the School Day project, we have heard the perspectives of 1,900 parents and carers in 55 schools across England, Scotland and Wales.

Parents have told us they struggle with school costs and for many it is difficult to afford things like uniforms, stationery, trips, clubs, dress-up days, cake sales, discos, lunches, and transport.

The current cost of living crisis makes it especially hard. Parents report that they go to great lengths to make sure their child can take part in school activities. But when this is impossible it might mean children miss out on the full school experience and feel left out.

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