It’s that time of year again – when overnight queues form outside Apple stores and news headlines won’t let up about the newest iPhone.
A top-of-the-line iPhone now costs an eye-watering £1,499 – we thought we’d do a little maths and work out what you could buy for a classroom with that money.
4,288 glue sticks
7,533 pencil sharpeners
94 early learning alphabet sets
Or, it could cover the Government’s contribution to 651 free school meals
The link between low income and low academic attainment is greater in the UK than almost any other developed nation. 13.6% of students receive free school meals, and research shows that 62% of students eligible for free school meals fail to achieve a science GCSE at grade A*-C and 58% fail to achieve this in mathematics.
Whether you decide to upgrade or not, we can all agree that our education system should give everyone, regardless of their background, a fair shot at a future where decisions like this are not a distant fantasy.