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The [pounds sterling]245 price of getting the children ready for the new school year - and how to bring it down; The cost of getting your children ready for the new school year now rund to hiundreds of pounds - and the spending doesn't stop with the uniforms.

Byline: Josie Clarke

Parents will spend an average [pounds sterling]244.90 on kitting out each child to return to school next month, a survey suggests.

School uniforms are at the top of the price list at [pounds sterling]52.90 on average, followed by a coat at an average of [pounds sterling]38.70 and school shoes at [pounds sterling]36.50, according to the poll of 2,000 parents byVoucherCodes.co.uk.

PE kit will cost another [pounds sterling]28.90 and books and stationery come to [pounds sterling]26.

Those entering year six to year eight are the most expensive to prepare, with parents of these pupils spending an average of [pounds sterling]276.20.

Children entering school between reception and year two cost the least at [pounds sterling]182.

Back to School

Almost half (46%) of parents are worried about how they are going to afford the cost of kitting their children out for the new term, the poll found.

A third (33%) said they would have to spend their savings and 49% claim to have already changed their spending habits, with 44% having cut back on personal treats to afford the cost of sending their child back to school.

Additionally, children who achieved good grades at either GCSE or A-level will be rewarded with [pounds sterling]186.50 on average for their efforts by their parents this summer.

When rewarding their offspring, 44% will give each child [pounds sterling]90.30 in cash on average, one in six will pay for a holiday and 6% of teenagers have parents who have promised to pay for a car if they do well on results day.

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Almost three-quarters (71%) of parents reward their children for their general performance at school, such as in teachers' evaluations and extracurricular activities.

Anita Naik, lifestyle editor at VoucherCodes, said: "It's interesting to see the amount that parents spend on back-to-school items each year, whether that's splashing out on costly school kit and subject supplies, or the amount spent on rewarding performance and exam results.

"Not all parents can afford to spend lots of money, so when you discuss supplies and rewards with your kids, it's worth thinking about savvy ways to look supportive yet still save."

Opinium surveyed 2,001 UK parents with children of school age online between July 27-31.

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 15, 2018
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