Schools: Uniforms

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to subsidising school uniforms for school pupils eligible for free school meals.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Department for Education has issued guidance for all schools on the need to give high priority to cost considerations when setting their uniform. The guidance emphasises the importance of ensuring that the uniform is widely available and affordable for all parents.

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. We also encourage individual schools to consider running their own schemes to provide assistance.

The school uniform guidance is published online at:

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