Helping Schools & Suppliers

The Schoolwear Association promotes the benefits of school specific uniform to schools, students and parents. We believe that a distinctive uniform aids a sense of belonging and is good for security in and out of school.

Creating a strong market

The Schoolwear Association is a great example of an industry working together to build a strong network of like minded companies and individuals, who believe in the creation and sustainability of a strong and ethical market place.

From the Executive which is made up of volunteer members who give their time freely and in a generous spirit, to the members who sign up to a code of conduct and care about the children they ultimately supply, the Association is much more than your normal trade body. We would encourage all in the industry to help us drive up standards and benefit from our collective work.

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Benefits to Members

The Schoolwear Association promotes the benefits of school specific uniform to schools, students and parents. We believe that a distinctive uniform aids a sense of belonging and is good for security in and out of school.

Become a member of the SA today

  • Strong communications
    The SA Committee is made up of a diverse group of people from across the whole industry with a passion for what we do. We give our time voluntarily and draw on our collective experience in the industry to strengthen and grow our sector. We communicate all relevant issues to our members regularly.

  • Fact sheets
    We have produced a series of fact sheets to help you deal with the issues in your business. These can be downloaded from our site. Examples are…. advice on getting local media coverage, updates on the volatile raw materials prices, trade marking logos and several more.

  • Lobbying
    We are in active discussion with a wide range of organisations including Government Agencies, the Office of Fair Trading, National Governors Association, various teacher and parent organisations and many more. We have actively campaigned to have VAT reduced to 5% on upper badged school uniform and vigorously entered the debate when it looked likely that all children’s clothing would become liable for VAT with a strong letter to the Chancellor and representation on the TV debate on the issue

  • Higher standards
    We promote best practice among our members and aim to strengthen the links between schools, retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. Our members sign up to a Code of Practice outlining ethical and fair trading and we communicate with the vast majority of schools to encourage them to actively seek our members for their supply needs.

  • Media support
    We can offer advice and guidance when dealing with the press. Members have gained useful coverage for their own businesses as a result of our guidance. We have our own PR service which monitors stories in the press and actively seeks to gain positive press for our sector particularly at the “back to school” period when the media is very active. We have a team of speakers form our Executive who are trained to speak to the press on our behalf.

  • Events
    We meet regularly to develop The Association, grow its membership and therefore its sphere of influence. We also hold our own event at The Schoolwear Show for a little social time together and to raise much needed funding so that we can continue our invaluable work.

David Burgess

Chair of the Schoolwear Association

“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.”