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Rising cost of sending your child back to school
Tens of thousands of children across Hampshire are due to go back to school this week – but a survey has revealed it will cost parents a packet.
John Lewis Southampton says the cost of today’s school uniform, school bag and its contents comes to £550.80 – a rise of nearly £300 in today’s money when compared to the average cost in the 1960s and 1980s.
The survey shows the main difference between today’s school bag and those decades earlier is the inclusion of gadgets, with almost half of all secondary school children taking a smart phone to lessons and a total of 35 per cent carrying headphones.
Items such as mp3 players, tablets, laptops and eReaders are popular additions to today’s school bags, the survey suggests.
But the statistics show essential items such as stationery, lunchboxes and reading books are all cheaper now than they were during the 1960s and 1980s.
The top three essential items in the school bag has remained the same throughout the decades, with pencil cases, exercise books and rulers remaining the staple addition to children’s educations.
Mark Venables, managing director of John Lewis Southampton, said: “Whilst the good old fashioned exercise book and pencils have made it into the top three must-have school bag items for the last 50 years, there's no shying away from the fact that technology is making its way into the school bag and classroom.
“Technology is evolving at such a rate that we predict in another ten years’ time the top ten school bag list will be unrecognisable as today’s digital natives grow up and become parents themselves.
“If you do want to invest in a laptop or tablet make sure you come in and talk to one of the partners to get advice on exactly what your children’s requirements are. It’s important you choose a product that is future proof.”
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