Marion Fairweather's blog
This blog first appeared on Glasgow Centre for Population Health website
School costs can have a big impact on children’s experience of school and can result in children missing out on opportunities and feeling left out, different and unhappy. School costs add up, from small regular costs like bus fares and school dinner money, to larger costs like buying school uniform and affording school trips.
With schools going back over the next week families across Scotland are having to buy new school uniforms, replace old shoes and battered school bags. These additional costs at the start of term can put pressure on families already struggling with low-incomes and risk children starting the school term without the correct school uniform and the stigma that can surround being visibly different.