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Scottish Government Launch School Uniform Consultation

Schools required to help keep uniform costs down from autumn 2022

Pupils, parents and carers in Highland Perthshire and across Scotland are being asked to give their views on school uniform to help shape new national guidance.

This new guidance will aim to reduce the cost of uniform for families while ensuring that pupils can go to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn.

Speaking about the consultation Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said:“School uniform can promote a sense of identity, belonging and connectedness to school. However, the cost can be a significant burden for families, although there is no legal requirement to wear uniform.

“We have increased the school clothing grant to help families who need it most. Now we intend to go further by bringing forward national guidance aimed at reducing uniform costs. This could mean increasing the use of generic items of uniform.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest to have their say on how this guidance should look. It is essential that the views of children and young people are heard as part of this consultation.”

The consultation is seeking views on:

  • What should be included within the scope of the guidance
  • The role that school uniform plays within the ethos, culture, and day to day school life
  • the considerations available to schools and education authorities in reducing school uniform costs
  • the draft principles which are intended to be incorporated as part of the national uniform policy

You can complete the consultation by visiting https://consult.gov.scot/learning-directorate/school-uniforms-statutory-guidance-scotland/

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