WHAT DOES IT COST TODAY TO RAISE ONE CHILD IN ENGLAND?

NEARLY A QUARTER OF A MILLION POUNDS

These rock bottom figures assume State schooling and no university costs.

What a child costs the parents… £155,000

Cost of average state education… £68,000

TOTAL COST… £223,000

See below for further costs

WHAT DOES A STATE EDUCATION COST?

The Dedicated School Grant (DSG) for 2014-15 gave figures per pupil funding that range from around £3,950 to as much as £8,595 per pupil in the City of London.

English local authorities dominated the list of highest per pupil funding, £7,014 for a Tower Hamlet pupil and £6,680 per pupil in Hackney. The average cost per pupil of all authorities across England was £4,550.

In addition of the per pupil funding, local authorities also receive a ‘ High needs ‘ allocation for students with additional learning needs.

These figures mean – at a rough guess and assuming that the amounts will be the same every year – which they won’t — for 15 years of schooling, each pupil costs taxpayers:

In a City of London school – £128,925
In Tower Hamlets – £105,210
On average, across England – £68,250

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OUR BASIC SKILLS PROBLEM IS A SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUE

“Pupils who leave school without meaningful qualifications are far more likely to find themselves trapped on an unsavory treadmill of insecure, low-skilled, low paid work – and they are less equipped to support the education of their own children,” said James Scales,  Head of Education at The Centre for Social Justice,  which fights poverty.

“Our basic skills problem is a social justice issue. Disadvantaged pupils have the most to gain from skilling their way out of deprivation, but are the least likely to build basic skills.”

“In a more technological labour market, employees need a firmer grasp on numbers and the ability to understand data. Invariably, our most disadvantaged pupils have the most to gain from addressing this.”

“The Government has said that it intends to invest to boost the quality of post-16 maths teaching and prompt higher uptake of the subject. This should be warmly welcomed but in the years ahead, it must build on this to ensure that our education system is fit for purpose.”

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 WHY SHOULD THIS SITUATION CONCERN HEAD TEACHERS?

23% of 5-year-old students in the UK did not reach the baseline standard in PISA (See OECD data, 2015)

25% of 11-year-olds did not reach the expected standard in mathematics in 2017 (See 2017 National Curriculum Assessments data at Key Stage 2)

Over 27% of students entering for maths GCSE in 2017 did not get a level 4 (the old grade C)  – nationally the percentage would have been higher as not all students are entered. (See GCSE Results 2017: Maths – Schools Week)

So 1 in 4 school leavers is innumerate, according to their exam results.

More than half of parents do not have either the confidence or knowledge to teach their children how to handle money, while this subject is not a statutory part of the School curriculum. [Mail on Sunday, 3rd September, 2017 ]

8.3 million people in the UK have money problems: that is 1 in 6 people from a population of around 65 million. [Forty years of Money Box, BBC Radio 4 on29th September 2017]

WHAT DOES IT COST PARENTS TO RAISE A CHILD?

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Figures ranged from the 2017 rock-bottom figure of £155,000 to raise a child to age 18 to 2015 when the average cost was £229,000 to raise a child to age 21. All figures assumed state schooling and no university, so education costs not included.

In January 2014, the Guardian reported that it cost an average £230,000 to raise a typical newborn to age 21. If private day school was included, it cost an average extra £117,300. If boarding school costs were included, the average extra cost was £215,800, so the total was around £500,000.

In January 2015, the Telegraph reported that to raise a typical newborn to age 21 cost an average £229,000, not counting university costs. The biggest cost at £67,500 was for childcare costs and costs related to a state education: school uniforms, textbooks, school trips.

In August 2017, Loughborough University provided the rock-bottom costs – not average costs – in a report for Child Poverty Action Group, with funds provided by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Based on the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) the minimum amount needed to pay for a child to the age of 18 – not 21 – excluding rent and childcare costs, was £75, 400. . The full cost was £155,100 for a couple .

BUSINESS HATES PAYING MORE

48% of employers who belong to the Confederation of British Industry pay £1 Billion a year for remedial teaching in English and maths, which they consider should be unnecessary if schools did their job more efficiently.

The employers have already paid their personal taxes and also corporation taxes, which pay for state schooling; they are not happy about paying what they consider the equivalent of a third tax.

(From Confederation of British Industry and Pearson Education and Skills survey 2013)

SO EVERY CHILD REPRESENTS A CONSIDERABLE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT.

WHAT WOULD WE GAIN IF EVERYONE HAD BASIC MATHS SKILLS?

Director of the OECD’s PISA, Andreas Schleicher, suggests that the UK could add trillions to its economy if all students mastered literacy and numeracy.

“If the United Kingdom were to ensure that all students had at least basic skills, the economic gains could reach £2.6 trillion in additional income for the economy over the working life of these students.

“To put it differently, the economic gains that would accrue solely from eliminating extreme underperformance in high-income OECD countries would more than pay for the primary and secondary education of all students.

“Such improvements in educational performance are entirely realistic.”

Head teachers are in a unique position to help start change. Head teachers are trusted. Head teachers have the power to alert the authorities to the reality of Maths Anxiety – for the sake of our children and our country.

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