Consultation opened on 20 June 2024. Closing date 27 September 2024 at 17:00.


The Department of Education currently has guidance in place which provides advice to schools on what they should consider when developing their uniform policies. While the existing guidance is detailed and advises on many elements of uniform policy, schools are not currently legally obliged to comply with it.

Consultation description

The Minister of Education plans to introduce statutory guidance so that all school governing bodies will be required to review their school uniform policy and ensure costs are manageable for parents/carers.

This consultation seeks views on this approach and on what should be contained within any statutory guidance, particularly around the cost and affordability of school uniforms, the use of branded items and single supplier arrangements. Views are also sought on the proposal to introduce cost control measures, such as a price cap.

A full copy of the consultation document and a link to the online response form are provided below.

The Department is keen to hear your views and would encourage filling out the online survey here.

The consultation period will run from 20 June 2024 until 27 September 2024. Please note that responses received after the deadline may not be considered.

This questionnaire can be completed online until 5pm on 27 September 2024.

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