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A rant about the cost of a free education

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on Monday, 26 November 2012
This week I have written out cheques for three separate school trips, all to London, totalling over £300.

Yep, that’s three hundred pounds. I could buy an awful lot of lattes and muffins with that.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for kids having experiences and what not, but do they always have to be so expensive?

In my day, I’m pretty sure we all just chipped in a pound for a beaten up coach, took our packed lunches to the remains of a nearby castle ruin, did some crayon rubbings and then ate our sandwiches in the shelter of a pile of rubble.

Now you can argue that it’s a good thing that school trips have become so much more exciting, but isn’t the idea of free education that’s it’s, well, free??

I am clearly kidding myself. With the number of letters home we get asking for contributions in some form or another, from cake donations to payment for the latest personalised school tea towel, the cost of even a free education appears to be spiralling out of control.

Just this week we had school photos, (once an annual event, now seemingly more regular), with a set of photos available for the bargain price of just £28. For parents feeling particularly flush, there was the option to have your child’s face put onto just about every inanimate object you could imagine. Prices starting from just £7.99.

This week we’re getting letters home about school camp. I may need to pop out for a latte and a muffin before I can bring myself to write the cheque.


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