If approved, the new law could save parents hundreds of pounds dressing their children for school each year, reports the Sunday People.
The average reported cost for uniform totals £340 a year for secondary school and £255 for primaries. For many families, this cost is simply unaffordable.
Almost 1 in 6 families in the UK say they have been forced to cut back on essentials such as food and electricity in order to be able to afford the high costs of branded school uniform.
Charity School-Home Support was set up to provide support for families. The charity works holistically with the entire family to improve a child’s education and life chances.
To ensure children can do their best in schools, SHS practitioners support the whole family with any issues they are facing, including offering help with the costs of uniforms. Sadly the charity have reported a “spike in requests” for the 2019/20 academic year.
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“Last year we were spending the most on beds, bedding, furniture, and other essential household items,” explained CEO Jaine Stannard. “Now, we get the most requests for school uniform and shoes.”
Conservative Education minister Lord Agnew promised new guidance on school uniforms in September last year.
“It’s mindless bureaucracy on the part of these schools,” he told the inquiry.
“They don’t realise that actually this is an additional burden for a family that’s not well off.”
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Currently, there is no legislation in place in the UK in relation to school uniforms.
The Department for Education, however, advises that no uniform should be “so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling unable to apply to, or attend, a school of their choice”.
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