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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

School Uniforms – Have Your Say

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New national guidance to be developed.

Pupils, parents and carers are being asked to give their views on school uniform to help shape new national guidance.

A key aim of the guidance will be to reduce costs for families, while ensuring pupils can go to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn.

A consultation to inform the national guidance is launched today, with a wide range of views being sought, including from schools, families, education authorities and suppliers.

There will also be engagement with young people to seek their views.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:

“School uniform can promote a sense of identity, belonging and connectedness to school.

“However, the cost can be a significant burden for families, although there is no legal requirement to wear uniform.

“We have increased the school clothing grant to help families who need it most.

“Now we intend to go further by bringing forward national guidance aimed at reducing uniform costs.

“This could mean increasing the use of generic items of uniform.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest to have their say on how this guidance should look.

“It is essential that the views of children and young people are heard as part of this consultation.”

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