Barnardos School Costs Survey 2012: full results available at: http://www.barnardos.ie/pages/2012school-survey-infograph.html

2012 School Costs Survey Results Infograph

Barnardos has run this survey every summer for the past seven years.  It is open to parents of primary and secondary students.

Barnardos has run this survey every summer for the past seven years. It is open to parents of primary and secondary students.

The numbers applying for the Back to School Allowance continue to rise, but the payment was heavily cut in Budget 2012.

The numbers applying for the Back to School Allowance continue to rise, but the payment was heavily cut in Budget

The average cost of sending a child to primary school rose slightly, but the Back to School Allowance payment was cut by 18%.

The average cost of sending a child to primary school rose slightly, but the Back to School Allowance payment was cut by

The shortfall in the Back to School Allowance is even more pronounced at secondary level, where it only covers a third of the average cost of starting a student in First Year.

The shortfall in the Back to School Allowance is even more pronounced at secondary level, where it only covers a third of the average cost of starting a student in First Year.

A vast majority of parents have to buy crested uniforms which cost a lot more than plain ones. Many said that as well as having to buy a crested jumper or blazer, they were also required to buy crested tshirts, polo shirts and tracksuits.

A vast majority of parents have to buy crested uniforms which cost a lot more than plain ones. Many said that as well as having to buy a crested jumper or blazer, they were also required to buy crested tshirts, polo shirts and tracksuits.

Booklists are still the single most expensive item for most parents. Workbooks at primary school level are a particular problem - they're required for many subjects, can cost as much as €8 each and cannot be re-used.

Booklists are still the single most expensive item for most parents. Workbooks at primary school level are a particular problem - they're required for many subjects, can cost as much as each and cannot be re-used.

'Voluntary' contributions were described by many parents as anything but, with repeated and often public pressure from schools to pay.

'Voluntary' contributions were described by many parents as anything but, with repeated and often public pressure from schools to pay.

http://www.barnardos.ie/pages/2012school-survey-infograph.html

2012 School Costs Survey Results Infograph

Read the full report with Barnardos' recommendations: http://www.barnardos.ie/what-we-do/campaign-and-lobby/school-costs-survey-2012.html

Read the full report with Barnardos' recommendations: http://www.barnardos.ie/what-we-do/campaign-and-lobby/school-costs-survey-2012.html


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