Schools: Uniforms:Written question - 105450

Q
Asked by Frank Field
(Birkenhead)
Asked on: 06 October 2017
Department for Education
Schools: Uniforms
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps shehas taken against schools that do not comply with the guidance issued by her Department on the importance of cost considerations when developing school uniform policy.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 16 October 2017

The department’s best practice guidance makes clear that schools should give the highest priority to the consideration of cost when setting their uniform policy. We expect schools to consult with parents and pupils and take into account their views when setting their uniform policy.

Disputes about school uniforms should be resolved locally in accordance with the school’s complaints policy. In law, governing bodies must have a complaints procedure in place to deal with issues such as a complaint about school uniform. Parents should be able to lodge their complaints and/or objections with the school easily. We expect the governing body to work closely with parents to arrive at a mutually acceptable outcome.

The guidance can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform.

We intend to put this guidance on a statutory footing when a suitable legislative opportunity arises.

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