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Schools: Uniforms

Question for Department for Education

UIN 26585, tabled on 9 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her policy is on schools asking uniform suppliers for discounts or commission on school uniform sales; and if she will make a statement.

Answered on

22 February 2016

The department has issued best practice guidance for all schools on the need to give high priority to the consideration of cost for parents. The guidance sets out that governing bodies should be able to demonstrate that they have obtained the best value for money from suppliers, and that any savings negotiated with suppliers should be passed on to parents wherever possible. It also makes clear that schools should not enter into cash back arrangements.

We have recently announced that we intend to put school uniform guidance on a statutory footing. The school uniform guidance is available at:

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