Millions of families struggling with the hidden costs of school

Pupil wellbeing
The cost of schooling and its impact on the UK’s poorest families has been laid bare after an investigation led by young people themselves. With 3.7 million children living in poverty, their report makes a series of recommendations for schools and governm

Two-thirds of UK families – around three million households – are struggling with the cost of schooling, with the poorest children facing bullying and restricted access to education as a result.

The Children’s Commission on Poverty has also found that more than half of the poorest families have had to borrow money to pay for essential school items.

Its new report, At What Cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life, finds that families on average face a £800 bill per-child, per-year because of school costs.

This figure includes school uniforms, which the report has found cost UK families £600 million a year.

Families are also struggling with the increasing costs of technology, with a third of children in the poorest families saying they had fallen behind at school because their family could not afford a computer or internet facilities at home.

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