Cost of the school day

  • Cost of the School Day Toolkit


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    The Cost of the School Day Toolkit front pageThere are countless ways in which schools can address costs, overcome financial barriers for children and y

  • Parents, carers and Parent Councils


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    Involving parents, carers and Parent Councils in Cost of the School Day means identifying and tackling the right issues together.

    Parent Councils have a duty to act as the voice for all parents in their schools. They also help to advise schools on their policies and plans. This means that they are ideal partners in Cost of the School Day. Parent Councils can play a key role in highlighting where costs are affecting parents and can work with their schools to make changes which will minimise the impact of costs. 

  • Income maximisation and financial entitlements at school


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    Action to address the Cost of the School Day often focuses on minimising school costs. Alongside this, schools can play a crucial role in supporting families to access financial entitlements and maximise their incomes.       

    Researchers from the London School of Economics recently re-examined whether money itself matters for children’s development.

  • News, events and reports


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    Claim ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs

    Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/education/claim-school-isn-t-free-as-pupil... ‘school isn’t free’ as pupils miss out on subjects due to costs

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  • The Cost of the School Day project


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    Addressing financial barriers at school for families, children and young people

    "Children who are unable to participate in the same activities as their peers will very often not feel included and this can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The key is finding possible solutions to ensure all children have the same opportunities." (Primary teacher)

  • Share your good practice with other schools in Scotland


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    Are you or your colleagues striving to reduce costs and financial stigma? Have your actions made a difference to children and their families? Could others learn from what you’ve been up to?

    If you work in a school, local authority or in the voluntary sector, share your tips, stories and examples with the Cost of the School Day project. We will share your good practice with the schools we work in and include them in our good practice story bank.

    Tweet us your tips @CPAGScotland #goodpractice #costoftheschoolday

    Email costoftheschoolday@cpagscotland.org.uk.

  • Cost of the School Day support and training for your school


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    How does poverty affect children's participation and experiences in your school? Cost of the School Day helps schools to identify and tackle financial barriers to participation and learning.

    CPAG works with hundreds of organisations throughout Scotland every year to deliver training and support. The Cost of the School Day project is funded to provide advisory support to local authorities interested in adopting poverty proofing approaches. In addition, we offer audits, training and workshops to individual schools and learning communities and at local authority level.

  • Current project snapshot: Cost of the School Day (Dundee)


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    Cost of the School Day Dundee was a key recommendation of the Dundee Fairness Commission in 2016. The Commission stated that ‘good quality education...
  • Cost of the School Day practice hub


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    Schools across Scotland are doing fantastic work to minimise costs, maximise opportunities and address stigma for children from low-income households. Here we share some of the good practice stories and tips gathered from schools and local authorities adopting a Cost of the School Day approach.  
    Are you or your colleagues striving to reduce costs and financial stigma? Have your actions made a difference to children and their families? Could others learn from what you’ve been up to?