Cost of living and education 2022

Think tank: The Sutton Trust

Author(s): Various Authors

December 2, 2022

This report from UK think tank The Sutton Trust looks at how the cost of living crisis is affecting young people and their educations.

The cost of living crisis is increasingly impacting families, with prices rising and parents struggling to make their incomes stretch. But how is this affecting young people and their educations? This new polling, conducted by Teacher Tapp for the Sutton Trust, examines the issues that teachers are seeing their pupils face linked to living costs this autumn term. The polling looks at how the crisis is directly affecting students, with teachers reporting that more are coming to school hungry or without adequate winter clothing. These issues are found to be more common in schools with the most disadvantaged intakes. The polling also looks at how this is affecting pupils’ educational experience. The findings reveal clear signs that the cost of living is increasingly affecting young people’s education in a range of areas, with pupils unable to concentrate or tired in class and teachers believing that the attainment gap at their schools would widen as a result.