Cost of living crisis: Majority of schools giving pupils uniform, clothing and food

The vast majority of schools are providing uniforms, clothing and food for children as the cost of living crisis continues to hit families hard.

A new research report finds that 95% of mainstream schools and 87% of special schools have provided uniform and clothing items to pupils (Lucas et al, 2023).

Published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), the report also finds that 90% of schools are subsidising extra-curricular activities for some pupils. And 70% report providing food to pupils via food parcels, food banks, food vouchers, or subsidised breakfasts. Some schools said they were even providing free school meals to pupils who were not eligible for the funding.

The study involved some 2,600 teachers and senior leaders and other less common examples of support being offered by a minority of schools included “warm banks”, support with school transport costs, and facilities for washing clothes.

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