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A typical schoolchild will carry a staggering 450 pounds worth of stationary, books and gadgets in their bag when they start back at school, a new study found.  The research found that the value of a school bag has more than doubled since the 1980s.<br />
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The total cost of a 1960's school bag and uniform came to 231.20 pounds in today's money, while in the 1980s it would have been 252.40 pounds.  Today's typical satchel is much more likely to contain high-tech gadgets, pushing the value up.  The research, carried out by department store John Lewis, reveals half (45 per cent) of all secondary school children now take a smartphone to school.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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Pictured: The contents of a school bag in 2013.<br />
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