Parents all saying the same thing about school uniform debate

Hundreds of parents all said the same thing about school uniforms in a debate on whether they should be scrapped.

A new law due to come into force aims to save parents hundreds on school uniforms.

Under ‘The Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill’ schools will be forced to keep branded items to a minimum, meaning parents will be able to buy uniform from supermarkets and other lower cost shops.

But the cost of school uniform and regulation black shoes has opened up a wider debate on whether, in fact, school uniforms are necessary at all.

Those in favour of keeping the status quo say putting on a uniform helps children feel part of their shared school community. There is also the worry that, far from saving costs, parents on lower incomes will feel pressurised to buy the latest designer gear so their children will not feel inferior to those whose parents can afford it.

We asked ECHO readers what they felt and these were some of the responses we received, with many seeming to be in favour of keeping school uniforms.

Mark Leslie said: “Definitely not! There are so many ways kids pick on each other already. It would highlight the haves and have nots. Kids from poorer families who can’t afford all the latest designer labels would get skitted [sic] and given a hard time.”

Finda Hughes said: “No, there are so many other ways for kids to show their individuality, without fear of being picked on for not conforming to a ‘designer’ norm. I wore uniform at school and have for most of my working life and it didn’t suppress my individuality.”

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Susan Dunne said: “No definitely not. School is not a place for a fashion parade and makes it that no child is better worse than another. Also prepares them for life after school where many jobs have a uniform.”

Richard Hughes said: “No because school becomes a fashion show where poor children and poor families are put under more pressure. School should be about education.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick said: “I went to a school with no uniform. It caused more problems than anything. Parents and children looking down on others on what they have and what they haven’t got.”

Ci P Smith said: “Uniforms can be a safe place for children. Not everyone can afford Canada Goose or Moncler just to name a few. For some kids it’s the only time they feel on the same level as their peers.”

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Sue Forbes said: “No, they should be affordable for any family. This fixation on having school badges on everything making a simple jumper 2-3 times the price is ridiculous. So long as a child attends in school colours and is neat and tidy it shouldn’t matter if it’s Aldi or the school shop where it’s been purchased.”

Vicky McKeever said: “No, absolutely not! The bullying some children could endure would be unimaginable!!”

Sharon Briggs said: “No – school uniform keeps everyone equal. Not everyone can afford designer clothes and it would make people stand out. The headteachers say wearing uniforms gets them prepared for the working environment.”

Marianne Houghton said: “Uniform is a good equaliser .. not everyone can afford the latest clothes .. why make a child feel more uncomfortable and highlight differences due to parents financial situations!”

Ste Speed said: “I live in Canada now where there are no school uniforms and kids don’t bully others over what they are wearing. It’s sad if that was the case back home.”

Paul Jay said: “I went to a school which had scrapped uniforms (very progressive back in the 70s) and as some on here have said it became a fashion show, those of us from less well off families did get picked on and bullied, not just me.”

Hazel Mal Davies: “In this country there’s a thing called class culture and that’s the problem. A person can be looked down on because of where they live never mind what clothes are worn. So in this country keep school uniform. “

Mandi Roberts said: “It will open the way for more bullying and more stress on what to wear each day – not to mention the financial cost to parents to keep up with the fashion.”

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