In a guest blog on the Chartered Institute of Fundraising website, the Child Poverty Action Group have shared some of their findings from a larger report ‘The Cost of Having Fun at School’ which you can download for free at https://cpag.org.uk/policy-and-campaigns/report/cost-having-fun-school (there is the full version and also an abridged version for charities who fundraise in school).
This is an important contribution to the debate, and especially at times when families can be under even more financial pressure.
I was particularly touched by how one school had made marking Remembrance Day more inclusive. Instead of being expected to buy a poppy, the children were encouraged to write poems and make crosses with materials provided by the school. Children and parents could make a donation, but in sealed envelopes, so that no one knew how much was being donated.
If you engage pupils in your work and fundraising in schools, you need to read this and take it on board.