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Agenda:
Children, young people and early years, Welfare reform, poverty and inequality
Third Sector Support:
Research
Location:
Glasgow

Child Poverty Action Group has launched a hard-hitting new report which will change the way schools in Glasgow plan activities which may involve a cost to parents, especially those in low income households.

The Cost of the School Day project ran during session 2014-15 in eight Glasgow schools with varying levels of deprivation.  The team worked with 339 children and young people (P5-S6) and 111 school staff to find out where problems lie for children from low income households, how their participation and experiences are affected by school costs and which current and potential policies and practices could help to prevent these problems arising.

“The main impact of the project in our school is a change of mind-set. Rather than going ahead and doing things, we’re really thinking carefully about costs and financial impact on our children and families – the phrase ‘cost of the school day’ comes up constantly now in our planning and discussions. It’s not just an initiative or project where we go back to normal after it’s finished, there’s been a real shift in our thinking.” (Head Teacher, Glasgow)

Contained in the report are learning and recommendations from over 300 children and young people and over 100 school staff members in Glasgow.  These include:

  • The key financial barriers affecting participation throughout the school day for children and young people from low income households
  • Good practice measures which children say help to reduce costs, ensure equal access to opportunities and reduce poverty related stigma, along with their ideas about what more could be done
  • Recommendations for local authorities, schools and other stakeholders
  • Resources to support poverty proofing in schools and local authorities along with examples of simple changes made by schools participating in Cost of the School Day
  • Key financial barriers affecting participation and experiences at school for children from low income households
  • Existing good practice measures which children say help to reduce costs, ensure equal access to opportunities and reduce poverty related stigma, along with their ideas about what more could be done
  • Recommendations for local authorities, schools and other stakeholders
  • Resources to support poverty proofing, including reflective questions and sample sessions for children
  • Examples of simple changes made by schools participating in Cost of the School Day, including removing the need for more expensive badged uniform, improving communications with parents about financial support and starting homework clubs.

Read the report

 

 


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