The secret cost of schooling

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Published: Saturday 1st November 2014 by The News Editor

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Thousands of children and parents across East Yorkshire and the wider UK endure shame, hunger and bullying because they cannot make ends meet at school, according to a recent child-led inquiry.

More than half of school pupils avoid asking their parents for important, school-related items because they are worried about the cost.

Meanwhile, more than half of their parents cut back on basics such as food, clothing and heating to pay for uniforms, school dinners and trips.

The inquiry, supported by the Children’s Society, was led by a panel of 16 children to gain a better understanding of the childhood experience of poverty.

It has surveyed 2,000 parents nationwide and a number of children.

According to the Children’s Commission on Poverty, the average that a family is expected to pay towards schooling is £800 per child each year, including £118 per year on uniforms and £168 on school dinners.

Some 27% of children whose parents consider themselves “not well-off” have been bullied because their parents could not afford this cost.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Saturday 1st November 2014 by The News Editor

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