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NASUWT stress high uniform costs

12 August 2014

With summer holidays full of expensive day trips, holidays and amusements, many parents will be hoping for a cheaper and less stressful start to the new term in September. But a recent survey by the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) found that parents faced hidden costs in term time too.

School equipment and school trips can prove costly but the expense of school uniforms was a particular concern, with some parents having to pay over £100 to buy items from a specific supplier rather than a supermarket or high street store.

Most schools ensure that uniform costs are kept to a minimum and do not act as barriers to entry (as required by the Admissions Code) and with the big supermarkets currently battling for the school uniform market by offering very cheap deals, most parents should be able to keep costs down.

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