This year the Barnardos’ Back to School Survey not only examined the cost of returning to school in September but also the experience of parents and children during school closures and their attitudes about returning to school amid the global pandemic. Over 1,750 parents took part in the Barnordos’ Back to School Survey, and a further 255 children participated in our first Children and Young People’s Survey.
“The cost is a very heavy burden as only my husband is working and I am not receiving any benefits as I am unable to work for mental health reasons… There is no money for activities to do in the summer. We do without a lot to send them to school. We do feel like the working poor.”
(Secondary School Parents, Barnardos Parents’ Back to School Survey 2020)
“I’m scared of getting Corona Virus and I’ll miss my mum when I’m in school but I want to go back and see my friends. I hated not knowing what we would be doing every day.”
(Primary School Boy, Children and Young People’s Survey 2020)