What are the hidden costs of school life?

To deliver brighter futures for the 3.7 million children in the UK struggling with poverty, we need to hear your stories

We are leading a major inquiry into the cost of schools, and we want to hear your thoughts. 

Please share your stories and experiences of how poverty affects children and young people today so we can share your findings with decision-makers and parliamentarians.

Your story can help children in poverty

We want to hear how the cost of school affects families coping with life on or below the breadline. Specifically, we’re looking at the cost of school meals, the cost of uniforms and other costs related to going to school. We also want to know how these costs can affect children at school. For example, how does a child feel if they miss out on a school trip or get criticised for not wearing the correct uniform?

Your submissions will help identify what poverty looks like and allow  us to present a picture to parliamentarians and policy-makers that will make a real difference in the lives of children and young people.

Share your story

Your views are crucial to helping us expose the reality millions of children face.

Please share your experiences today by post, email or via our secure web form. 

Postal submissions

Please send any submissions by post to:

     Lily Holman-Brant
     The Children's Society
     Edward Rudolf House
     Margery Street
     London
     WC1X 0JL

Online submissions

Please share your story using our secure online form.