Household wages and school incomes have not kept pace with inflation in England. This has led to an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis, affecting pupils and their schools who are often the first-line of support for families.
In autumn 2023, NFER, in collaboration with ASK Research, will be publishing new research which will provide timely and authoritative findings enabling us to quantify how the crisis is impacting schools’ resources, their day-to-day provision and the potential impacts on teachers, heads and pupils.
Action is needed now to mitigate the long-lasting consequences which the cost-of-living crisis risks having on pupils. However, relatively little is known about the overarching scale of challenges in schools, how these vary across settings and groups of pupils, and what steps schools are taking to mitigate the impacts of the crisis.