The Right Blazer: School Uniform Provision Advice

School Uniform Provision Our Poverty Proofing team are proud to have joined forces with Child Poverty Action Group’s The Cost of the School Day and The Children’s Society to share some advice and guidance to schools on school uniform provision and the government’s new statutory guidance on making school uniforms more affordable for families.

The Government has published new statutory guidance on school uniform provision which seeks to make it 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 need to follow this guidance and make the changes before the new school year in September 2022

With some adjustments to policies and practices, schools can take the pressure of school uniform costs of 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 school uniform provision our tips and advice pdf via the links below:

The Right Blazer: Pre-loved Uniform Resource
Developing a School Uniform Policy Guide 
Uniform Guidance for Schools
Uniform Law Changes Guidance for Parents


Want to learn more about Poverty Proofing approaches? Read our Cost of the School Day: Pupils Perspectives Report

The UK Cost of the School Day project works with schools and local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales to ensure that all children, regardless of financial background, can take part and be happy at school. ​

The Cost of the School Day in England: Pupils’ Perspectives is a report focusing on our research so far in England. It highlights some of the positive work being carried out by schools to ensure that opportunities are affordable and inclusive, while also drawing attention to the multitude of ways that pupils from low-income families face exclusion and stigma.​

Read the Report