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Barnardos: Parents worry about affording back-to-school costs

Survey shows 35 per cent of primary and half of secondary school parents believe inflation has made it harder to meet costs

The average cost of the basics needed for a fourth class pupil is €320, €972 for a first-year pupil and €863 for a fifth-year pupil. Picture: Sasko Lazarov/

Half of primary and two-thirds of secondary school parents said they are worried about meeting back-to-school costs for the coming academic year, according to a survey.

The back-to-school survey, conducted by children’s charity Barnardos, also found that 35 per cent of primary school and 50 per cent of secondary school parents believe cost-of-living increases have made it much more difficult to meet school costs, with 41 per cent of parents saying it had made it ...