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Back to School support

If you have school-aged children, you might be able to access financial support with back-to-school costs. 

Find out about school uniform help, free school meals, transport costs and childcare costs. Plus, search for grants and support schemes to help you with Back to School costs in general. 

School uniform help in England

If you live in England, your local council might offer help with school uniform costs.

Check local councils

School uniform help in Northern Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland, you might be eligible for Uniform Allowance.

Visit EANI website

School uniform help in Scotland

If you live in Scotland, you might be eligible for a school clothing grant.

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School uniform help in Wales

If you live in Wales, you might be eligible for a Pupil Development Grant.

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Free school meals

Schools must provide some pupils with a free midday meal. Find out if your child qualifies.

Learn more

Help with school transport costs

Local councils provide help with the costs of travelling to and from school.

Contact your local council

Help with childcare costs

If you are working or studying, you could be eligible for free childcare.

Read our childcare costs guide

Search for a grant

Charitable grants do not have to be paid back, and many charities offer grants for school costs.

Turn2us Grants Search

Scotland: School Age Payments

If you live in Scotland, you might be able to get a Best Start Grant School Age Payment.

Read our School Age Payment guide