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Developing an affordable school uniform policy

Ensure your board complies with statutory guidance to develop a uniform policy that is affordable and inclusive to all.

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Statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) strongly encourages governing boards to adopt a uniform policy to create a common identity among pupils and act as a social leveller.

Governing boards are responsible for deciding what the policy should contain. It should be easy to understand and published on the school/trust website.

Our short guide is intended to help boards comply with the statutory guidance and develop school uniform policies that are affordable and inclusive to all.

The guidance covers:

  • what a school uniform policy should contain
  • developing an eco-friendly policy
  • second-hand uniform requirements
  • reviewing and developing your own policy
  • questions to ask about your uniform policy

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