We represent all involved in the supply of school specific uniforms

From retailers, direct to school suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, decorators, agents and schools. Together, our members clothe three quarters of Britain’s school children. Our committee is made up of many people from across the whole industry who give their time voluntarily and share a passion for what we do.

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With uniform you
can't be judged

Girl Year 9

It basically just
stops bullying

Boy Year 9

I think when you have a school uniform on you feel more concentrated (about) your work

Girl Year 9

Source: Family Kids and Youth

A Message from the chair

It is essential for our industry to have a collective voice so that we can continue to promote the benefits of school specific uniform. I believe school specific uniform is not only a practical and cost effective solution for schools and parents but also drives a sense of belonging and pride for pupils. To make sure this message is heard, we need a strong industry association representing the many small and medium sized businesses, from manufacturers to wholesalers and independent retailers, who make up this sector. I would urge you to join us.

about-chairman

David Burgess

Chairman

What we do

The Schoolwear Association represents all those involved in the supply of school specific uniform – retailers, direct to school suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, decorators, agents and schools. Together, our members clothe three quarters of Britain’s school children. Our committee is made up of many people from across the whole industry who give their time voluntarily and share a passion for what we do. Established in 2006, we have over 200 members.

Become a member of the SA today

  • We promote best practice among members
    And strengthen the links between schools, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to schools.

  • Our members sign up to a Code of Practice
    Outlining ethical and fair trading

  • We communicate with schools directly
    To encourage them to actively seek our members for their supply needs. Suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, decorators, agents and schools form our membership.

  • We provide advice and keep members up to date
    Drawing on our collective experience and knowledge in the industry

  • We represent the sector when speaking to Government
    We are in active discussion with a wide range of organisations including Government agencies, the Office of Fair Trading, the National Governors Association and teacher and parent organisations.

  • We are the go-to contact for press and media
    Our media team aim to get positive messages regarding school specific uniform into the press and deal with the very busy back to school period when there is an enormous amount of interest to school uniform stories.

Every Child is Worth It

We’ve always believed in the positive power a school-specific uniform has on a child’s mental health, concentration and inclusion. This is why we have launched our new campaign called Every Child is Worth It, which highlights the benefits of a school uniform. We know that a uniform creates a sense of community, promoting equality and cohesion and helping pupils to succeed academically. Every child should have access to a good school uniform.

  • Members help and support parents with the cost of uniform with innovative schemes

  • We hope to lessen the psychologically negative impact for children of not being in the same uniform as their peers

  • We will liaise with schools, parents and other bodies to help the most vulnerable children

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