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We’re serious about ensuring every child goes to school in a proper uniform

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 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.

As well as this, with our young people facing the relatively new challenge and influence of social media, we don’t want our children to feel under more pressure to wear something different and make a statement every day - in a way that distracts them from their work. Our research, conducted with Oxford Brookes University, also highlights the impact an effective uniform can have on reducing the levels of bullying within schools.

9 in 10

Teachers believe school uniforms help to reduce bullying

3 in 4

Mums say school uniforms make their lives easier

2/3

Parents believe wearing school uniform puts everyone on a level playing field

7/10

Children believe wearing a school uniform helps them to fit in

* Source: Trutex/The Diana Award - Attitudes to School Uniform Report

There are schemes to help with school uniform please seek advice if you are struggling

The Every Child is Worth It campaign aims to raise awareness about the quality, and cost-effectiveness, of school-specific uniforms from specialist suppliers. We’re proud to work with the suppliers who have served families in their community by providing high quality clothing that can withstand the daily activities of school life.

Some families will struggle to purchase school uniform but there is help out there and ways to budget for the expense. Many schools and suppliers offer help. We suggest that you talk to your school or your supplier for advice.

Working together under Schoolwear Association we hope to effect real change with Government policies
David Burgess

Put Away Schemes

In a "Put Away Scheme" the child is usually fitted out with their uniform and the parent, grandparent, or guardian pays a deposit which is then held. The uniform is put away in a box marked with the child's name and the parent continues to make payments until the total value is paid and the uniform can be collected. Obviously if the child has grown the correct size is issued at the time of collection.

Deposit Scheme

In a deposit scheme parents, grandparents, or perhaps guardians, may pay in any amount at any time of the year which can be used to pay for the new uniform whenever the child needs it. This might, for example, be at "Back to School" in August /September or at any time when new items are needed.

School Arrangements

Many schools choose to use their own hardship fund to buy or subsidise the cost of uniform for vulnerable children. Frequently a specialist supplier will be advised by the school of children in need, and they will work together to find the best solution in a discrete and understanding manner for the family. Pupil Premium is often used by schools in this way.

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Charitable Donations and Charitable Entities

There are many local charities and organisations who try to support vulnerable children with the purchase of school uniform, particularly in the summer months leading to "Back to School". There are many "Uniform Banks" which work in a similar way to the Food Banks, and will collect and issue school uniform for their area.

Our members collectively supply many thousands of garments to such schemes and work locally to reduce hardship where they can.

In addition schools and parents often offer a "pre-loved" service for garments to be used again. It is always worth checking what schemes are available locally.

Together we can make a difference for those that need it the most