New research says three quarters of parents in the West Midlands, and more than half in the East Midlands, struggle to keep up with the basic costs of their child's schooling.
The Children's Society says in total £504million is spent to meet the basic costs of children's schooling.
Individually, parents in the West Midlands spend £679 per child per year, and in the East Midlands £800 per child per year, on:
- sports kits
- school meals
- computers for homework
- travel to/from school
- summer clubs/activities