In England some local authorities (LAs) provide discretionary grants to help with buying school uniforms, in the case of financial hardship. LAs that offer these grants set their own criteria for eligibility. Individual schools and academies also often run their own schemes to provide assistance, particularly for supporting new intakes of children entering the school or in the event of substantial changes to the uniform.
Schools should give high priority to ensuring best value in the cost of school uniform. No school uniform should be so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling unable to apply to, or attend, the school of their choice.
Schools can help limit the expense of uniforms by choosing a colour scheme rather than a full uniform or by ensuring the uniform chosen is widely available in high street shops rather than through a sole supplier.
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