School uniforms will be made more affordable for families under a new law passed by Parliament today (29 April).
The Act, which received Royal Assent today, will require schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, instructing them to keep prices down.
The cross-party support for the Bill recognised the costs parents face for school uniform, particularly for branded items, and the statutory guidance will tell schools to consider high street alternatives.
It will also include measures on encouraging second-hand uniform, schools’ arrangements with suppliers, and ensuring parents have access to clear information about uniform policies.
School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:
School uniforms are important in establishing the right ethos in a school. They also help to improve behaviour and a sense of belonging and identity. But we want to be sure they are affordable for parents.
This new law will help to save families money and ensure the cost of a blazer or shirt is never a barrier to accessing the best possible education.
The new law, introduced as a…