The Right Blazer

Developing Pre-Loved Uniform Provision

Tips and advice for schools in England.

Our Poverty Proofing team are proud to have joined forces with Child Poverty Action Group’s The Cost of the SchoollDay and The Children’s Society to share some advice and guidance to schools regarding the government’s upcoming statutory guidance on making school uniforms more affordable for families.

In autumn 2021, the Department for Education will be publishing new statutory guidance for schools, which seeks to make school uniform more affordable for families. The guidance will include measures on second-hand uniforms, schools’ arrangements with suppliers and ensuring parents have access to clear information about uniform policies. Schools will not need to make any changes before it comes into effect (expected to be in autumn 2021).

With some adjustments to policies and practices, schools can take the pressure of school uniform costs off children and their families.

“It should be a community thing… we all give back the ones we don’t need and the school could repair and wash them and give them back out… the children should all feel included and feel the same.” – Reception and Year 4 parent


If you’re a school, you can download copy of our tips and advice pdf via the link below:

The Right Blazer_Pre-loved uniform resource for schools in England