Monday, 13 August 2007

Let parents buy bargain uniforms

The Daily Mail reports today that schools have been warned to scrap exclusive deals uniform suppliers or face prospecution. Children's Minister Kevin Brennan said that get-tough policy was to ensure poorer pupils are not prived out of places at certain schools because they require an expensive uniform.

Mr Brennan said schools should allow parents to take advantage of high street offers by scrapping requirements for clothing to carry a specific logo or trim which must be bought from more expensive suppliers.

He warned that schools which continue to sign exclusive contracts with selected outfitters could find themselves under threat of prosecution by the Office of Fair Trading. Government guidance would be published in the autumn which will make it clear that uniforms must be affordable and sold in a range of outlets.

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