New guidance to make school uniforms “more affordable”

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The Welsh Government is set to issue new legally-binding guidance over school uniforms, which will come into effect from September 2019.

The guidance will means schools will have to ensure uniforms are affordable, accessible and gender-neutral, with parents having the right to challenge schools which don’t take the guidelines into account.

This could mean that the requirement for a school logo on specific items of clothing can be reviewed, while trousers can’t be specifically determined to be for boys only. Via the Pupil Deprivation Grant, the Welsh Government provides grants of between £125-200 for pupils eligible for free school meals to buy uniforms and sports equipment.

Education Minister, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), said: “This guidance will help reduce the burden on families so our children can focus on fulfilling their potential and enjoying a healthy academic and social life.”