Recent Submissions

  • Barnardos Back to School Costs Analysis 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2009)
    With September looming and the new school year fast approaching, parents are getting their children ready to begin or return to school. This can place parents under a huge financial burden on the household budget. The ...
  • Back to School Costs Analysis 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2010)
    The return to school can bring a sense of excitement and dread for both pupils and parents. The costs associated with getting children ready to begin or return to school can place a huge financial burden on the household ...
  • School Costs 2017 Summary 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2017)
    In total, 1,834 parents completed Barnardos School Costs Survey 2017. The majority of respondents (1,181) had children attending primary school while the remaining 640 respondents’ children were in secondary schoo
  • School Costs Survey Briefing 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2013)
    Unlike previous years, the issue of school costs have remained high on the political agenda throughout this year with the Minister encouraging the setting up of school book rental schemes and the Joint Oireachtas Committee ...
  • Back to School Survey 2022: Summary 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2022)
    For over a decade, Barnardos has highlighted the costs incurred by parents in preparing their children to return to school each September through an online survey. This year a total of 1,132 responses were received. ...
  • Back to School Survey 2022: Infographic 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2022)
    About the Back to School Survey 2022.
  • Back to School Survey 2022 

    Moffatt, Stephen (Barnardos, 2022)
    A child’s right to education is enshrined in the Irish constitution. However, the substantial financial cost of sending a child to school means access to education is anything but free. For over a decade, Barnardos has ...
  • The Real Cost of School in 2019 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2019)
    Infographic about the School Costs Survey 2019.
  • School Costs Survey 2019: Factsheet 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2019)
    In total, 1,402 parents completed the Barnardos School Costs Survey 2019. The majority of respondents (885) had children in primary school, while the remaining 517 respondents’ children attend secondary school. There was ...
  • School Costs Survey 2015: Factsheet 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2015)
    In total, 1,404 parents completed Barnardos School Costs Survey 2015. The majority of respondents (946) had children attending primary school while the remaining 458 respondents’ children were in secondary school.
  • School Costs Survey 2019: Briefing Paper 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2019-08)
    A child’s right to primary education is enshrined in the Irish constitution yet, the substantial financial cost of sending a child to primary school means access to education is not free and anything but equal1 . Since ...
  • School Costs Survey 2018: Briefing Paper 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2018-08)
    Summer holidays from school are a free, exciting, fun filled time for children; but for their parents the summer months can be filled with stress and debt as they struggle to afford the cost of sending their child back to ...
  • School Costs Survey 2017: Briefing Paper 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2017-08-02)
    The mantra is the same: the back to school costs places a huge financial burden on parents with many feeling stressed at juggling household bills or getting into debt to ensure their children have all they need to start ...
  • School Costs Survey 2016: Briefing Paper 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2016-08-03)
    Education is not free in Ireland. That is the overwhelming message from parents who took the 2016 Barnardos’ School Costs Survey. For more than a decade thousands of parents have been using the Barnardos’ School Costs ...
  • Parenting Survey March 2018 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2018-03)
    Barnardos conducted a short online survey about the joys and challenges of parenting in modern Ireland. There were over 1,500 responses to this survey. Below is a summary of the main findings.
  • Digital Devices in Schools Survey 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2015-05)
    Barnardos carried out an online survey of parents to investigate the use of digital technology in Irish schools. The survey measures how digital technology is used by children and young people for school work; at home and ...
  • Back to School 2020: Infographic 

    Barnardos (Barnardos, 2020)
    About the Back to School Survey 2020.
  • Back to School Survey 2020: School Costs 

    Kelly, Niamh; Fleming, Pádraic; Demirel, Berçem; O'Hara, Jodie (Barnardos, 2020)
    In total, 1,765 parents completed the Barnardos Back to School Survey in 2020. A total of 255 respondents also completed a separate Children and Young People’s Back to School Survey. The majority of parents who took the ...
  • The Real Cost of School 2020: Back to School Survey Briefing Paper 

    Kelly, Niamh; Fleming, Pádraic; Demirel, Berçem; O'Hara, Jodie (Barnardos, 2020-07)
    This year is like no other for children returning to school in September. The Covid-19 pandemic had a major impact on schooling in the first half of the year, when schools closed from 12th of March to the end of June of ...
  • Back to School Executive Summary 2021 

    Moffatt, Stephen; Kent, Grainne; O'Hara, Jodie (Barnardos, 2021)
    For more than a decade Barnardos has been carrying out an online survey investigating the costs that parents incur when sending their children to school at the start of the school term. Last year the content and format of ...