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Schools: Uniforms

Department for Education written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to limit the amount schools charge for school uniforms.

Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to schools on the pricing of school uniforms.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

It is for the governing body of a school (or in the case of academies, the academy trust) to decide rules relating to appearance, including whether there should be a school uniform, what it will be, and how it is sourced.

The Department has issued best practice guidance on school uniform, which emphasises the need for schools to give highest priority to cost considerations. The guidance sets out that no school uniform should be so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling unable to apply to, or attend, a school of their choice.

The Department’s guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform.

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