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Barnardos Back to School Survey is Open!

14 June 2021 – Barnardos 16th Annual Back to School Survey is now open and aims to shine a light on the real cost of Ireland’s free education system. Parents and young people 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. The survey for both primary and secondary students is available at

Returning to school each September can be a challenging period for both parents and young people. In addition to the extra costs, parents may have additional concerns about their children returning to school and areas they believe their children need further supports in. Barnardos hope to highlight things parents and children are concerned about in advance of the return to school in 2021 and are acutely aware that this year the pandemic may have heightened anxieties further.

Parents and children can take the Barnardos School Costs Survey online at

The survey will be open for three weeks from June 14 – July 5. Results from the survey will be released at the end of July.


Notes to editors:

  • Barnardos’ annual School Costs Survey is open from June 14 – July 5
  • Results from the survey will be released at the end of July, and press notification will be sent in advance
  • Spokespeople will be available and infographics and visuals will be available to illustrate the results

For more information for press and media please contact Barnardos Press Office:

Tel: 01 7080442 / 086 0445966  

[email protected] / [email protected]

About Barnardos

Barnardos’ mission is to deliver services and work with families, communities, and our partners to transform the lives of vulnerable children who are affected by adverse childhood experiences. Because childhood lasts a lifetime  

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