Is the Cost Of School Uniform Unreasonable?
What do you think about the price of school uniforms these days?
Given that you can snap up a school uniform for as little as £4 from Aldi and £3.65 from Lidl, would you describe the cost of school uniforms as 'unmanageable'?
Some 95 per cent of parents do think school uniform costs are unmanageable, according to research by The Children's Commission on Poverty and support by The Children's Society.
Parents with children in state maintained schools said they spent £316 per year on school uniform for children attending secondary school and £251 per year for primary school children.
Unsurprisingly, school shoes were cited as the most expensive school uniform item for children in both primary and secondary school, followed by coats and bags.
Blazers were also deemed to be one of the most expensive school uniform purchases, with parents spending an average of £42 on a blazer per child for those in secondary school.
When setting uniform policy, schools are expected to adhere to guidance, set by the Department for Education, which states that uniform must be affordable.
Yet many schools insist that parents buy specific items of school clothing from specialist shops, which adds to the high cost of buying school uniform. Consequently, parents say they are spending an average of £151 per year more than they think is "reasonable" on school uniforms.
The report states:
"Parents say that this is leading to children going to school in ill—fitting school uniform, being sent home from school or to families cutting back on food or other basic essentials. Based on responses to our survey, we estimate that 1.2 million school children go to school in incorrect, unclean or poorly fitting uniform as a result of the cost. 400,000 children have been sent home because of wearing incorrect uniform as a result."
We'd like to hear your views on this story. Do you agree that school uniform costs are unreasonable, or do you think that supermarket bargains like Aldi's and Lidl's bargain basement uniforms mean there's no excuse for complaining about the cost of school uniform?
And if you do think school uniform costs are unreasonable, do you worry about the possibility of your child being bullied for wearing ill-fitting or incorrect clothes to school?
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