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schools warned over new uniform costs

31 August 2012

Schools are being urged to keep the cost of school uniforms down, as many "rebrand" themselves as academies.

Currently there are no regulations controlling how academies charge for new uniforms, but the Local Government Association (LGA) have asked new academies to remember that some parents will struggle to meet the costs of any rebranding exercise.

Noting that the average cost of a school uniform is more than £200 for secondary schools and £160 for primary schools, the LGA have stated that head teachers have a "moral duty" to keep costs down and should follow three principles:

  1. Uniform items should be available from no less than two independent suppliers;
  2. School symbols and logos should be available as sew-on patches; and
  3. Opportunities to buy and sell second-hand uniforms should be made available.
Whilst the above principles are not legally binding, new academies should certainly be alive to parents' sensitivity on this issue.

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