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.