Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Falling through the cracks: the cost of the school day for families living in in-work and out-of-work poverty
Author(s): Treanor, Morag
Keywords: Child Poverty
cost of school
access to education
in-work poverty
Issue Date: Nov-2018
Citation: Treanor M (2018) Falling through the cracks: the cost of the school day for families living in in-work and out-of-work poverty. Scottish Affairs, 27 (4), pp. 486-511.
Abstract: Poverty is known to deleteriously affect children’s experience of, and success in, education. One facet of this relationship is the financial costs associated with full participation in education in what has become known as the ‘cost of the school day’. This paper draws on a small-scale longitudinal qualitative study of families living in poverty, drawn from a wider study called the ‘Early Warning System’, carried out in collaboration with the Child Poverty Action Group Scotland. The paper explores the experiences of parents in out-of-work and in-work poverty, and cycling between the two, in relation to school costs for their children and the effects this has on their wider financial situation. The findings show that families experiencing in-work poverty, especially those who have recently moved from receipt of out-of-work benefits, face the financial hurdle of not being entitled to passported benefits such as free school meals, school clothing grants, and initiatives such as schools’ subsidies of activities and trips. The longitudinal aspects of the study design allow the impacts that changes in entitlement to benefits have on families. The paper concludes that the costs of the school day can be unseen and not well understood by educators but keenly felt by children and families living in low-income and makes recommendations to mitigate this.
DOI Link: 10.3366/scot.2018.0259
Rights: This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Edinburgh University Press in Scottish Affairs. The Version of Record will be available online at:
Notes: To be published in October 2018.

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Cost of the school day_final paper for my use.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version803.73 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.