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    Many schools are now enforcing school uniform policies that force parents to buy from a single supplier. The result of this is that the cost of a complete school uniforms is now approaching £300 per pupil at many schools.

    DfES guidelines state that <i>”No school uniform should be so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling unable to apply to, or attend, a school of their choice, due to the cost of the uniform”</i>

    On top of that, the CMA has written an open letter to schools warning that their policies may in fact be in breach of competition law.

    In November 2015, the then chancellor George Osborne promised to make government guidance on school uniform legally binding, giving parents the power to challenge extortionate uniform requirements, however nothing has been done by the government in the interim.

    Yesterday, we were featured on Stray FM with the goal of getting a broad range of support up and down the country so that we can force politicians into resolving the crisis that extortionate uniform costs are placing many parents into.

    Please sign our petition on 38 degrees and help us achieve this goal for parents up and down the country.</div>

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    The Schools are following the Football Clubs in making an income from the sale of clothing,but the difference here is,it is not a legal requirement to support a Football Club. There are many stores supplying plain coloured school uniform items at very little cost which any school could adopt. One could argue that not all state schools are free because of their expensive school uniform policy.I think many would have to challenge the schools by buying the appropriate colour cheap uniform without the school badges on it,more purposefully bringing about serious attention to the issue.Would they really suspend pupils wearing the right coloured uniform without badges?

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    Unfortunately genuinefella, the schools are making sure the kids are wearing the prescribed uniforms by embroidering logos on items such as black trousers. In the case of Northallerton school where this campaign started, the logo on the trousers is less than 2cm high and is in a position where it is covered by the blazer normally. Wearing plain black trousers from a supermarket results in the child being punished either through detention or isolation – this is hardly the childs fault but yet they suffer the consequences. These trousers with the logo are 4-5 times the cost of those in Tesco!

    You are obviously correct it is not a legal requirement to follow a football club, but neither would a football club punish the child – at most, they would send the child home.

    The guidelines that are linked to by the OP, are not legally enforced – despite the government promising to do so 2 years ago. If they were, parents would have the ability to challenge the schools and we might see some positive change. That’s what this campaign is all about – raise awareness of how the schools are deliberately ignoring the guidelines and increase pressure on politicians to make the changes that we all need.

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