New school uniform rules – getting it right

Poverty campaigners have published a set of resources to help schools implement the new statutory guidance on affordable school uniforms.

The Department for Education has published new rules to ensure that school uniforms remain affordable for families (DfE, 2021).

The guidance stipulates that schools must keep branded uniform items “to a minimum”, limiting their use to “low-cost or long-lasting items”.

Second-hand uniform items must also be made available and high street items must be allowed. Meanwhile, single supplier contracts should be avoided, and contracts should be retendered at least every five years.

All schools are now required to review their uniform policies in light of the new guidance and schools must be compliant with the bulk of the requirements by September 2022, with full compliance expected by summer 2023.

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