The cost of school uniform continues to be a burden for parents

Parents of children eligible for free school meals (FSM) are more likely to have been asked by their schools to donate money, a survey has discovered.

The annual Parentkind survey found that while 38 per cent of parents had been asked for money, this figure rises to 45 per cent for FSM parents. The findings also show continuing concern from parents about the cost of schooling, including school uniforms.

Three quarters of the respondents said that the cost of sending their children to school is increasing and many say they are being asked to pay for things that used to be free, such as school clubs, concerts, and sports days. Top of the list of concerns were uniforms (46 per cent), school trips (43 per cent), school meals (19 per cent) and events such as concerts or sports days (13 per cent).

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