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New Law Banning Branded School Uniforms Could Save Parents Hundreds?

BRANDED school uniforms costing up to three times more than supermarket alternatives could be banned

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Published on 03/02/2020

BRANDED school uniforms costing up to three times more than supermarket alternatives could be banned by the introduction of a new Law proposed by Labour MP Mike Amesbury next week.

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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Are your children required to wear branded school uniforms? Would you support a ban of branded uniforms in state schools? 

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1 Comment

  1. Maggie Morris

    I have 5 children and dread the thought of the uniform, I want my kids to be smart, but the price is ridiculous when all your paying for is the school logo! I’d rather the school pay more attention to my kids education.

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