Parents hit by mounting “hidden costs” costs for state school education

The TES is reporting results from a NASUWT survey that suggests parents of state school students are facing increasing costs for the education of their children…

The survey, which collected responses from over 2,500 parents, assesses the hidden payments requested by schools for equipment, clothing and field trips. Chris Keates, the union’s general secretary, said it was “an unacceptable tax on children’s learning”.

The report highlighted the increase in financial discretion handed to schools and suggested that it had contributed to the mounting costs parents now are faced with. This level of “freedom”, it says, has led to a year-on-year increase in parental concern over additional costs, as well as a disparity in the amount of money parents across the country are expected to pay.

“There is a real danger that some parents could find that the cost of school uniform, curriculum activities and equipment in some schools puts admission to the school of their choice way beyond their financial means,” Ms Keates said…

NASUWT had concerns that the costs associated with state education could impact on the quality of learning, especially where field trips were compulsory to the course but still costly. “Selection of pupils and parents on the basis of ability to pay must not be allowed to become a reality,” the report warns…

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  1. Janet2

    Supermarkets are full of inexpensive school clothes but too many schools insist on their own blazers, PE kit, jumpers which are more expensive than high street equivalents. This is a way of deterring poorer parents – the message is clear: Asda blazers not welcome here.

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What does Keates suggest then? Parents always had to pay for uniform/equipment plus “field trip” payment now optional

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