Barnardos School Costs Survey 2017

10 Jul 2017 in Press Releases, Advocacy, Featured

Take Our Survey and Have Your Say

School may be out for summer, but the upcoming costs for parents are only getting started. Barnardos 12th annual School Cost Survey is now open and hopes to shine a light on the real cost of Ireland’s ‘free’ education system.  You can take the survey for both primary and secondary students here.

Parents of school-age children, primary and secondary, are invited to fill out the survey and tell Barnardos how much money they spend on their children’s education – iPads, school books, clothing, footwear, photocopying fees, voluntary contributions and any other additional costs.

June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy, Barnardos, said, “School may have wound down for summer, but for too many parents the pressure of the new school year is only beginning. Ireland tends to pride itself on our ‘free’ education system, but realistically this is far from the case.

“The purpose of our survey is to shine a light on the real cost of children’s education and provide a voice to the parents left footing the bill, helping us put pressure on the Government to invest more in our education system. Access to education is a right for all children yet it is those in low income families most burdened by these costs which in turn affects their children’s participation in school.”

Parents can take the Barnardos School Costs Survey online here. The survey will close on Sunday night (24 July) at midnight.