The cost of school uniforms has long been an issue. With the cost of living crisis escalating and people being forced to choose between heating or eating steps need to be taken as a matter of urgency especially to assist the most vulnerable.
The new law aimed to protect against unnecessary school uniform costs is therefore welcome. It will come into effect from September 2022.
The new legislation is not, however, perfect. Branding is required to be kept to a minimum. It is not, however, banned so some children will continue to wear some items such as blazers with school logos. This needs to be addressed as it still highlights the difference between those who can afford official school uniform and those who can’t. That stigma needs to be removed.
Further, schools which need to secure a new uniform contract with a supplier have until December 2022 to put that in place. Those schools will then have until the start of the September 2023 school year to introduce the new uniform.
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