How to make school affordable for struggling families

TES | October 16, 2019

How to make school affordable for struggling families
The “cost of the school day” – the impact that financial struggles can have on pupils and their families – is an idea that has moved to the forefront of many educators’ minds in recent years.
Today, Fife Council, one of Scotland’s biggest local authorities, revealed the advice it is giving to schools “to address these costs and help ease the burden on families”. Almost a quarter of children in Fife live in poverty, said education and children’s services committee convener Fay Sinclair, and it was “well documented that poverty can have a huge impact on children’s attainment in school”. The new advice, which Fife schools have helped to shape, includes the following:

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In all parts of Asia, households devote considerable expenditures to private supplementary tutoring. This tutoring may contribute to students' achievement, but it also maintains and exacerbates socialinequalities, diverts resources from other uses, and can contribute to inefficiencies in education systems. Such tutoring is widely called shadow education, because it mimics school systems.

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