Examples of local action on cost of school

Schools and education services are facing up to child poverty by taking action on the cost of the school day in partnership with other services.

Actions being taken include maximising household income by

  • supporting access to and uptake of financial entitlements relevant to education, such as school clothing grant
  • providing access to money and welfare rights advice services in school settings
  • reducing the costs of living during school holidays.

Here you can find examples of such approaches at school, cluster and local authority level in collaboration with local partners.

Automation of school clothing grant

The school clothing grant is a financial support for children from low income families to help cover the cost of school uniform and essential items such as shoes and PE equipment.

The film below features Glasgow City Council’s Financial Inclusion Manager talking about their collaboration with education to enable authority wide automation of school clothing grant for eligible low income families.

Income maximisation in schools

Education is collaborating with other local authority services, health and the third sector Community Help and Advice Initiative (CHAI) in Edinburgh to embed money advice and welfare rights advice provision within schools.

The film below features an NHS Lothian Public Health Practitioner talking about the partnership approach to integrating a welfare rights adviser across a cluster of Edinburgh schools. It also covers the financial gains for families who have engaged in the service.

Holiday programmes

For many years local authorities have been working in collaboration with a range of delivery partners in the local community to engage and support children and families throughout school holidays. Such programmes show a range of positive health, social and educational outcomes specific to the local model.

Holiday programmes vary in each area where they are delivered in terms of

  • eligibility of access
  • format
  • settings
  • delivery partners.

The film below features Inverclyde Council’s Improvement Programme Manager talking about their partnership approach to universal holiday programme provision. It describes:

  • the range of benefits to all children and families, including those living in low income households
  • the programme minimising the costs associated with school holidays by providing free family acitivies and food
  • how the approach supports literacy outcomes and removes barriers to access with a range of community support services, such as money and welfare advice services.