School uniform is widely acknowledged as being a positive aspect of school life. A school uniform drawn up after appropriate consultation with parents and pupils, can provide a sense of identity and cohesion, promote positive behaviour and reduce peer pressure for pupils to dress in designer fashions – all of which can be beneficial to schools, pupils and parents. However, it is recognised that the cost of school uniform can be a significant burden on some families. Governing bodies need to give high priority to the cost considerations of school uniforms and the wide availability of uniform items.
In addition to school uniform, other school related costs place financial burdens on families such as school trips, activities, events and classroom materials. Governing bodies should be mindful of the cost of these trips/activities and be aware of what they can and cannot lawfully charge families for.