How much does it cost to send your child to school

UNISON members can help teaching union NASUWT with its annual survey into the true cost of education for families

A 'school' road sign against a wall

How much does it cost to send your child to school? Uniforms, PE kit, lunches, pens and pencils, maybe a tablet – it all adds up. But to how much exactly?

Every year, teaching union NASUWT runs a survey to find the answer to that question – and increasingly, parents and carers are raising concerns about the costs associated with their children’s education.

UNISON is urging activists and members who are a parent, carer, or grandparent of a child aged between three and 19 to take a few minutes to complete a survey on the costs to your family for each of the school-age children.

This is NASUWT’s fifth survey as part of a campaign to highlight the issues faced by parents and carers to government and policy makers.

You can fill in the survey at All information is anonymous and you will not be identified. The survey closes on 18 January.