The TES is reporting that families are struggling to afford the costs of new uniform especially those which must be purchased from a particular supplier.
Almost 1,000 families have been referred for help to a Manchester children’s charity that provides school uniform for children in low-income households for the new school year.
Wood Street Mission has launched its SmartStart campaign asking businesses for sponsorship to help it give away £1 million-worth of school uniform over four years to meet the steady rise in the number of families who need help kitting out their children in time for the new school year.
“Headlines over cut-price uniform offers are indicative of a high-street back-to-school price war and shouldn’t mask the fact that many families just cannot afford the cost of uniform and other school necessities,” Roseanne Sweeney, chief executive of Wood Street Mission, said. “That’s especially the case after the summer holidays, which involve additional expense and often reduced capacity to work because of childcare.”
Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the NUT, said: “Ensuring uniforms are generic and can be readily bought in a number of outlets would go some way to alleviating the financial burdens many families face simply to send their children to school.”
“Expensive uniforms, often only being purchased from one supplier, act as a form of selection for many children. If parents can’t afford the uniform they will have to choose another school. This really should not be the case in our state schools.”
Do the parents at your school struggle to afford new uniform for their children? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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