Statutory guidance on the cost of school uniform

Understand what the DfE's statutory guidance on the cost of school uniform means for your school and your board.

Last reviewed on 5 April 2024
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  1. Complying with the latest guidance
  2. You’re encouraged to have a school uniform policy
  3. You must take cost into account when you develop your uniform policy
  4. Uniform policy requirements
  5. Make sure second-hand uniform is available
  6. Manage costs through effective procurement
  7. FAQs

This article summarises the DfE’s statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms

It’s aimed at governing boards in maintained schools, and the board of trustees in academies. If you’re on a local governing body (LGB) in a multi-academy trust, check your scheme of delegation to see if you have a role in your school’s uniform policy.

Complying with the latest guidance

The majority of schools and trusts will now be complying with the guidance. If you're tied into a long-term contract with a uniform supplier that hasn't come up for renewal yet, you should comply with the guidance when your contract comes up for review.

You’re encouraged to have a school uniform policy

It’s up to your board to decide whether your school should have a uniform policy and how your school’s uniform should be sourced.


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