PARENTS, guardians, and pupils are being asked to consider if school logos on uniforms are necessary.
A consultation, which was launched today (October 18) by Jeremy Miles, the minister for Education and Welsh Language, seeks opinions on a variety of proposals relating to school uniform to update the statutory guidance, support families through the cost-of-living crisis and make uniforms more affordable.
Options to be considered include the use of school branding and whether schools should have no logo at all, or use ‘iron on logos’ to be made available free of charge.
This could give families the option to purchase uniform at cheaper costs from a retailer of their choice.
The consultation will also seek opinions on whether schools should enter into single supplier contracts.
Mr Miles said: “The Welsh Government is doing everything we can to support families through this cost-of-living crisis.
“I know that a lot of schools work hard to keep the cost of their uniforms to a minimum. However, there are still too many instances where families are being expected to spend eye-watering amounts just to send their children to school.”
“We are launching this consultation so that we can take further action in order to support families.
“96,000 pupils are already eligible for our PDG Access Grant – the most generous support scheme in the UK – which helps with the cost of uniforms and school items. I urge families to check whether they are eligible so that they too can benefit from this vital support.”
Views on the role of schools in uniform recycling and exchange schemes will also be sought.
Parents/carers, learners, governing bodies, headteachers, teachers and school staff, uniform suppliers and other key stakeholders can take part in the consultation by click here.
The deadline for comments is November 28.