Parents collectively pay £129 billion to put their children through state school, it emerged yesterday.
The average cost of sending a child to school from the ages of five to 16 now stands at £14,000, up from £10,000 in 2002, according to Norwich Union.
Its "School Sums" Index found that parents will fork out £1,300 per child in the coming academic year on the everyday costs associated with education.
Transport is the most expensive consideration, costing £301 a year, with a third of children being driven to school.
Some £270 a year goes on food, with packed lunches proving more costly in the long run than school dinners.
Parents also spend more on shoes than textbooks, with footwear costing an average of £70 a year.
Londoners fork out the most on their child's education at £1,487 each year or £16,358 between the ages of five and 16.
Those in Northern Ireland spend the least on school supplies at £1,131 a year or £12,437 overall.
The research also revealed children will go through 43 shirts or blouses, 48 pairs of trousers, 38 jumpers and 37 pairs of shoes during their 11 years of compulsory schooling.
Boys cost their parents more than girls.
The extra money goes into after-school tuition, clothes and after-school clubs.
Some £550 will also be spent on mobile and inter-net technology during a child's school years - the same as the cost of buying and replacing sports kit.
Simon Quick from Norwich Union said: "Many parents think of state schools as being free but the costs are significant.
"Over £1,000 of parents' money gets spent per child each year just covering the everyday costs of sending our children to school.
"This quickly racks up for families with two or three children.
"With an increase of £200 per child a year over the last four years, parents will really need to consider the ever increasing needs and demands of their children's education!"