0370 270 6000

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.

Related opinions

A level results: what this means for schools and higher education?

This year’s A Level results have been a resounding success and demonstrate the commitment and resilience of students, schools and school staff during these unprecedented times. However, there will inevitably be some students who are disappointed with the teacher assessed grade.

View blog

Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

View blog

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

View blog

Lateral flow testing in schools

Lateral flow testing is underway in schools across England to provide rapid Covid-19 testing of staff and students in secondary schools and colleges.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up