School badges update costing parents hundreds in new uniforms

November 21, 2014 by Personalised Badges

Moms and dads are being made to shell out hundreds of pounds for uniforms given that schools have changed into academies, council leaders have said.

Numerous schools are starting to become academies each year, and symbolize the transition with completely new uniforms, however head teachers and governors need to consider the price to families, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

Change to academy status – meaning that a school no longer part of a local authority and has choice over things such as the curriculum – often means that parents need to replace high-priced things like blazers which are still in good condition, the LGA stated today.

It indicated that in place of releasing totally brand new uniforms, new academies should keep expenses as low as possible by using simple blazers that can have badges attached, or ensuring that items such as sports kit and school bags do not need to bear badges.

The LGA projected that at least 275 schools will become academies at the start of the new term, at the same time around a hundred are in the process of signing up to turn into an academy.

This means that almost 400 schools could possibly be replacing their uniforms, the association implied. Councillor Nick Forbes, vice-chair of the LGA’s children and young people board pointed out: “100s of schools are increasingly becoming academies on a yearly basis and some like to symbolize this change, however head teachers and authorities should think about the expenses a new uniform may have on parents and guardians.

“Moms and dads presently do what they are able to to slice the price of school uniform, for instance shopping for items of uniform throughout the year, passing clothes among children, shopping around to get the best deal and buying basic items they can stitch badges onto, however the launch of a brand new uniform can often mean people are faced with paying hundreds of pounds at one time, to replace clothing which there isn’t anything wrong with.

“We wish to see schools using a common sense approach to uniform policies, for instance, by keeping a similar colour selection and making it possible for parents / guardians to purchase brand-new items slowly rather than all at one time. Items like a blazer might be expensive, so we would want to see schools permit parents to buy basic items they can stitch or iron badges onto.”

A further article out currently suggests that the wealthiest families are roughly four times much more likely than the poorest to pay for extra-curricular activities like sport, music and drama.

The case study brings up concerns that students from advantaged homes whose parents / guardians are able to pay for further coaching and after-school clubs are gaining an “unjust” edge on their poorer class mates, who are losing out. Education charity The Sutton Trust, which requested the analysis, said it is calling for a share of existing government funding designed to enhance the academic accomplishment of disadvantaged children to be given to low-income families to assist them to cover the cost of a number of activities. The report, influenced by polls of parents and children, as well as a new study of current government results, found out that overall, 23 per cent of the 2,800 11-16-year-olds questioned claimed they’ve received private or home tuition.

A separate analysis of data taken from the Office for National Statistics’ Living Costs and Food Survey unearthed that over a third (35 percent) of the wealthiest households – people earning over £52,000 per year – had paid for extra-curricular activities which includes crafts, dancing, music, drama, art, sports and languages.

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