Cost of the School Day Parent Council Toolkit

National Parent Forum for Scotland (NPFS) and Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland (CPAG) are delighted to launch a national Cost of the School Day toolkit resource for Parent Councils across Scotland.

Insufficient household income can mean that some children and young people don’t have the resources needed for school and can’t easily afford to take part in school activities which cost money. Parent Councils have a key role to play in highlighting to schools how costs affect families and in working with the school to ensure that costs do not act as a barrier to children’s learning or participation.

This toolkit is designed to help Parent Councils:

  • review and audit current practices in their schools
  • consider the impact of costs on low income families in their schools
  • learn about simple actions taken by Parent Councils across Scotland which have reduced school costs and helped children and young people from low income households to participate fully at school

This toolkit was initially developed by CPAG in Scotland with the Glasgow Parent Council Forum, support by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. NPFS has worked with parents in South Lanarkshire, Shetland and the Western Isles to add a national perspective to this work.

An electronic copy is available here but we are happy to post out hard copies. Please email office@npfs.org.uk to order.

CPAG in Scotland contact http://www.cpag.org.uk/cost-school-day