Developing an affordable school uniform policy

The Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021 was passed by Parliament to make school uniform costs affordable for families of all backgrounds and give parents the best value for money. NGA supports this legislation – school uniforms are a major cost to many families.

Statutory guidance has been published under the Act which schools must have regard to when developing and implementing their school and trust uniform policies.

Download information on developing your own uniform policy (PDF)

This information sheet is intended to help governing boards comply with the statutory guidance and develop school uniform policies that are affordable and inclusive to all. It covers:

  • What a school uniform policy contains
  • Second-hand uniform requirements
  • Considerations for reviewing and developing your own policy
  • Questions to ask about your policy

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