According to research reported in the Daily Mail, the cost of equipping a child for school has more than doubled since the 1980s…
Including books, uniform, stationary and gadgets such as iPads and mobile phones, the average schoolchild will boast a haul worth £550.80 when they return to school in September.
By contrast, the parents of children starting school in the 1980s paid £252.40 while those in the 1960s paid the equivalent of £231.20 in modern money.
Modern parents spend an average of £19.70 on satchels, £362.10 on smartphones and £40.80 on school books, with another £7.60 on food and drink and £14 on stationary.
Headphones, which are carried by most children, are worth £5.80 per pair on average. School uniforms increase the bill by a whopping £100.80.
The research, carried out by department store John Lewis, also found that almost half of all secondary school children now take a smartphone to school. The new phones cost on average 362.10 pounds, the study of 2,000 parents found. A tech-savvy five per cent even carry a tablet or laptop in their school bag, while two per cent have an eReader.
More than a third take their headphones to school, while one in five can’t handle a day without music and take an MP3 player.
…But it’s not all doom and gloom for parents as they add up the costs of sending their children to school.
The cost of books, lunchboxes and stationary has actually fallen. Three exercise books in the 1980s would have cost parents £2.40, while today they cost 60p less at £1.80.
Lunchboxes are now £1.40 cheaper, costing £4.20, while a calculator now costs £8.70, compared to £11.60 in the 1980s.
My soon-to-be 13-yr-old son wants a pretty expensive smartphone for his upcoming birthday. He’s prepared to cover a chunk of the costs himself through money he has saved but I’m less than comfortable as I cannot believe he will manage not to lose or break it. Have you had to deal with a situation like this? What advice would you give? And if all pupils end up with tablets too, how much money is going to be wasted on breakages, theft etc? Please share in the comments or on twitter…