Why do families need help with the cost of school uniforms?
School Uniforms are disproportionately expensive for people with low incomes. The cost of school uniform is often fixed - some items of uniform can only be bought from one supplier - and schools are strict about what is expected.
This means that for some families, they need to spend THREE WEEKS worth of their total income on school uniforms - income which is needed for food, bills, travel, clothes and any other essentials they might need. This is unaffordable.
Research from the Child Poverty Action group shows that children who feel unequal to their peers are more likely to have a mental health problem by age 11 and achieve lower grades in their GCSEs. The work we do ensures that children and young people arrive at school fully prepared for their education, with the right uniform, sports kit and equipment - giving them the best chance of a happy and successful education. It also takes the pressure off parents who are doing their best to make ends meet.