Schools: Uniforms

Education written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the (a) provision of school uniform grants and (b) cost of school uniform.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

It is for the governing body to decide whether there should be a school uniform. The Department has issued guidance(1) to all schools on the need to consider the cost and availability of school uniforms.

Local authorities and academies have discretion within their budgets to provide school clothing grants or offer other help with the cost of school clothing in cases of financial hardship. The Department does not collect data on school uniform costs.

(1 )School Uniform: A Guide for Head Teachers, Governing Bodies, Academy Trusts, Free Schools and Local Authorities (2012), available at

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