Parents' financial support for schools

Date: 25.09.2019

The 2019 Parentkind survey shows that:

  • 76% of parents think that the cost of sending children to school is increasing and more than half (51%) agree that they are worried about such cost
  • Parents’ concern about the cost of schooling continues to be highest in relation to uniforms (46%), school trips (44%) and school meals/drinks (19%)
  • Parents of children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) are more likely to feel costs are increasing (38% strongly agree vs 31% of parents whose children are not eligible) and to be concerned about them (29% strongly agree vs 15%)
  • Concern over the cost of uniforms is significantly higher for parents whose children are eligible for FSM (61% vs 44%); this is also true about the cost school trips (49% vs 43%) and the cost of school extra-curricular events such as concerts and sport days which parents are asked to pay for (20% vs 13%)
  • 38% of parents reported being asked by their child’s school for a donation to the school fund and 29% donate
  • Parents of children eligible for FSM (45%) were more likely to be asked to donate than those not eligible (38%)
  • The most common cost-cutting solutions that parents report seeing implemented by schools were being asked to pay for school clubs which used to be free (22%) and for events such as sport days or concerts (20%)
  • 55% of parents believe that any potential extra funding available to schools should be spent on learning resources (55%) and 43% think so of IT equipment.

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