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New Short Film Highlights Impact of ‘School Costs’ on Families With Low Incomes

Monday 13 June 2016

The EIS and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Scotland will launch the short film ‘School Costs’ today, Monday 13th June 2016, 2.00pm at The Trades Hall of Glasgow, 84 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH.

Directed by Iain Henderson, winner of the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award 2015 and jointly sponsored by both organisations, ‘School Costs’ highlights the struggle of families on low incomes to meet the costs associated with their children attending school.

Child poverty in Scotland is an area of increasing concern. Not only is the incidence of poverty increasing, the nature of poverty is changing. 

A combination of high living costs, the low wage economy and, crucially, changes to the welfare system, have resulted in increased income inequality in Scotland.

‘School Costs’ complements the EIS’s recently published ‘Face Up to Child Poverty’ booklet and CPAG’s ‘Cost of the School Day Report’, both highlighting how poverty affects a child’s day to day experience of school and their educational achievements in both the short and long term. 

The film will be made available to schools as a resource to support ongoing work to poverty-proof the school day, and will be freely available online.

Speakers will include Larry Flanagan (EIS General Secretary), John Dickie (Director of CPAG in Scotland) and Dr Morag Treanor (University of Edinburgh) and guests will include a cross section of the Scottish educational community, anti-poverty campaigners, and a wide range of local and national politicians from across the political spectrum.

You will be able to view the video here.