The cost of schools in Britain

Although education for children is free in Britain, a new report has found that British parents pay on average £800 a year for school uniforms, books, equipment, meals and trips. As a result, millions of families on low incomes find it difficult to manage.

Most schools in Britain have a uniform and the purpose of the uniform is to make all the children feel equal. However, parents are often forced to buy a wide range of sports clothing and the total cost is often well over £100.

The study suggests that some of the poorer children feel bullied and embarrassed because they don’t have the same things as other children. Parents are also asked to pay when their children go on school trips, and this can be embarrassing for families who are unable to afford it.


bullied                             treated badly by others

to afford something         to have enough money