Northern Ireland more expensive than London for children’s education

It costs more to send a child to school in Northern Ireland than it does in London.

It costs more to send a child to school in Northern Ireland than it does in London.

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It costs more to pay for a child’s education in Northern Ireland than it does in London, according to a poll conducted by Provident.

Provident asked more than 2,000 parents around the U.K. to list all of the different elements that make up sending a child to school.

The average cost of sending a child (Year One to 11) in the U.K. is £17,374.

Interestingly, according to Provident’s poll, Northern Ireland is the most expensive part of the U.K. with a child’s education costing £22,176.

Northern Ireland is more expensive than London (£21,298) which is the second most expensive place to send a child to school.

One mum that knows the struggles all too well is Katie Humphrey, mum to five.

“This amount surprises me and actually seems quite low. Once kids hit secondary school age the costs of specialised equipment, books, trips and sports kits etc. really sends the costs spiralling.

“When you have more than one child the costs can be unaffordable, especially when they often need more than one thing at a time. I cringe when they all come home with letters, wondering how much I need to spend that week.”

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