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There appears to be a strong agenda in the national media to focus on the poor struggling to buy school uniform, with the clear benefits of school uniform being totally ignored.

I am concerned that concentration on this rhetoric without a proper understanding of the value of quality uniform could be detrimental to the schoolwear industry, schools and children.

Here are some reasons why school-specific uniform should be respected: School uniform is an important part of a child’s life.

A quality uniform can help to give confidence and promote pride.

Respect, for the uniform, for the rest of the school rules and the teachers, is an essential part of the smooth functioning of a school.

Every August and early September, there is a hysteria in the media, which is totally misguided.

The only time any parent has to spend significant money on uniform at Back to School, is for the start of Year 7, when their child moves to secondary school.

The cost can be spread over many months by using a schoolwear specialist.

Independent research has shown that school uniform is great value for money, much cheaper than “fashion” clothing.

These comments reflect the frustration that myself and many of our members feel when we are working so hard to ensure uniform is available for all those who require it.

David Burgess

Chair,

The Schoolwear

Association