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Schools are abandoning plans for dress-up events due to rising cost of living on World Book Day.

Schools are abandoning plans for dress-up events due to rising cost of living on World Book Day.

Some schools have scrapped costumes for World Book Day on Thursday, citing the cost of living crisis.

In previous years, it was common for schools to have children come dressed as their favorite book character for the event. However, in recent times, some schools have taken on more adaptable guidelines, allowing children to wear pajamas or comfortable attire instead.

Emma Keogh, the deputy headteacher of Pleasant Street Primary School in Liverpool, has been urging parents to avoid buying store-bought costumes for several years due to their high cost. Instead, the school has organized non-uniform and pyjama days that tie in with bedtime stories. This tradition will continue for the upcoming year as well.

“We understand that buying costumes can be a significant financial burden for parents, particularly if they have multiple children. We also recognize that time constraints may prevent parents from making homemade costumes, so we want them to know that they should not feel pressured to do so,” she stated.

In a recent post on X, BBC Radio 4 Money Box host Felicity Hannah shared that her children’s school had informed her of a planned “get comfy and read” day where students were encouraged to wear casual clothing. Hannah expressed enthusiasm for the idea, noting the potential cost savings for parents and reduction of waste.

The Causeway pre-school in Portrush, Northern Ireland, offers the choice for students to wear pajamas or a costume to school. They are also promoting students to bring their beloved books. The school is aware of the financial strain many families may be facing and understands that costumes can be pricey.

In a post on X, Edda Nicolson shared some conflicting news from the school newsletter. Instead of dressing up, kids are allowed to wear their own clothes for World Book Day. While it’s good to acknowledge the financial struggle many families are facing, it’s also disappointing to see the cancelation of a dress up day for the children.

Cassie Chadderton, the chief executive of World Book Day, stated that the organization has consistently encouraged schools to consider their unique circumstances and the needs of their students when planning for the event. She also noted that it was noteworthy that there has been an increase in conversation surrounding costumes this year.

Chadderton expressed that the focus of the day is to ensure that more children, especially those facing poverty and the effects of rising living costs, understand the joy and importance of reading, which can greatly benefit their future opportunities.

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On World Book Day, every child in primary school receives a voucher to redeem for a chosen book from a designated collection.

Source: theguardian.com