Tackle rising cost of education for families, NASUWT urges Labour

The TES is reporting that the NASUWT union has called on the Labour Party to press for the reintroduction of charging policies to help combat the rising cost of sending a child to school. 

…The NASUWT urged Labour to support its campaign to tackle the growing cost of education for many families by working with schools and bringing back charging policies, which were abolished by the coalition government.  

Speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference, NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates highlighted the union’s research, which showed parents were finding it difficult to meet the rising costs of sending their children to school.

“It has always been a fundamental principle of our great public services that they are free at the point of use,” she added. “The abolition of national guidance on school charging policies and increasing autonomy for schools has allowed schools to charge for educational activities which were previously free.

“The NASUWT has undertaken an annual survey of parents and carers on the costs of education since 2012. The evidence shows that the costs of attending some schools are now acting as a barrier to parents accessing their school of choice for their children.

“Educational experiences that promote opportunity and achievement should not be determined by an ability to pay…”

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Someone has to pay for these experiences though & govt claim to have no money. It appears that therefore there is no answer

  2. There already is a charging policy.  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/365929/charging_for_school_activities_-_October_2014.pdf  It’s just that some schools don’t adhere to it – Grey Coat Hospital School, for example. http://schoolsweek.co.uk/grey-coat-school-stretches-the-rules-again/
    But it’s the cost of uniform which is becoming prohibitive.  It appears schools are introducing braided blazers, articles with the school logo (even stuff like shoe bags), clothes in particular material (eg a particular tartan, or a striped, rather than plain, blouse) or insisting parents buy uniform from a particular supplier.   School uniform guidance should become statutory – generic uniform based on a colour, a badge that can be sewn on, and very few specifically school items (eg a tie).  This would allow parents to choose where to buy uniform from.

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