How to review your school uniform policy

Find out how to review your school's uniform policy. Save time with our example questions to ask, and use our model to see what good looks like.

Last reviewed on 16 February 2024
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  1. Key facts
  2. What this policy needs to do
  3. Key questions to challenge this policy
  4. Take a look at our model policy 
  5. Signpost your school leaders to more support
  6. Sources

What this policy needs to do It should reflect: The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) statutory guidance on the cost of school uniforms – get up to speed with our summary The Equality Act 2010 The Human Rights Act 1998 It's not your job to cross-reference your policy with this guidance, but you should expect your school leaders to have done so. You'll want to make sure the policy sets out: How your school will: Make sure school uniform is affordable and provides the best value for money for parents and carers Avoid discrimination  Your school’s expectations for school uniform Note on the Equality Act 2010  The Equality Act 2010 doesn't go into specifics about what you can and can't do around uniform, and hasn't yet been fully tested in the courts.  This means that there's no definitive answer right now on what you can/can’t include in your uniform policy, but there could be in the future if a discrimination claim tests the law.  We’ve included a key

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