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New uniform rules could reduce the cost of going back to school

Schools hold uniforms in high regard as it reinforces their school’s identity in the community.

Being easily recognisable is equally important when pupils are on trips away from the classroom, for example, trip leaders being able to easily identify their pupils making sure everyone stays together.

School uniforms can also reduce peer pressure for the latest fashion, and help children feel settled and prepared for school, but they can be costly for households and with the rate of inflation, affording branded items is an increasing worry for parents.

Individual schools set their own policies, but the government has introduced a law, coming into effect in September 2022 regarding unnecessary school uniform costs.

The Government’s guidance to schools is to keep expensive branded uniform items to a minimum, allowing parents to purchase their uniform essentials from cheaper supermarket alternatives, or through own second-hand uniform stores.

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