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This year over 1400 parents took the Barnardos’ School Costs Survey. We found that parents continue to pay substantial costs in getting their children ready to return to school each September.
I have been buying school supplies and uniform pieces since March to ensure I have everything for September. The uniform allowance is saved to pay for her schoolbooks in September, as the school gets the workbooks and books and then we pay them
(Primary School Parent, Barnardos School Costs Survey 2019)
This year’s survey found: The basic cost of sending a child to school in 2019 remains substantial across primary and secondary: the average cost of the basics needed for a senior infants pupil is €340; a fourth class pupil is €380 and a first year pupil is €735