State schools cost parents £40,000 a child: Extra-curricular activities, transport and breakfast clubs push costs up

Parents spend more than £40,000 putting each child through state schools, research reveals.

Basics come to £1,614 each year while extra-curricular activities add £1,268. Transport costs £379, meals £369, shoes £186 and sports kit £59. Breakfast clubs add £558 and textbooks £63.

Over 14 years, basics add up to £22,596 but parents pay £17,752 in extras such as £480 a year on private tuition, £327 on sport, £120 on trips and £132 on technology.

Half of the 1,496 parents surveyed were concerned they could not afford all expenses.

Research by the London School of Economics last year found parents could save themselves around £26,000 during primary years alone by avoiding fees at independent schools and moving to areas with top state schools.


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