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When begging parents for money takes the biscuit

As more and more cash-strapped schools ask families to pay for basics such as stationery and toilet paper, the risk is that ‘voluntary’ contributions are anything but

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With schools facing financial shortfalls, many heads have recently felt the need to ask parents and carers to contribute towards the cost of basic resources: textbooks, stationery and even toilet paper (

It is a sensitive subject. A lot of parents quite rightly feel that a state education should provide the resources to deliver the national curriculum without the need for begging bowls. So when, if ever, is it OK to ask for parental contributions?

The answer lies within each school’s charging and remissions policy – a statutory policy that outlines any occasion for which a ...

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