Parents are demanding unbranded school uniforms to save money

Glasgow City Parents Group wants children to be able to wear unbranded school uniforms to save money and wants more gender neutral options to be made available

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Glasgow City Parents Group has called for a rule change on school uniforms (stock image)

Parents have demanded that students be allowed to wear unbranded uniforms to save money.

A group of mothers and fathers in Glasgow, Scotland, want their children to be able to ditch expensive school crest clothes as they grapple with the cost of living crisis.

For example, instead of school ties and colors, they want to be able to dress their children in simple polo shirts.

They say many parents currently have to buy a majority of the uniforms from a particular supplier, who could raise their prices, leaving parents with no alternative to shelling out more, they reported GlasgowLive.

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It comes as the Scottish Government is holding a consultation on school uniforms, inviting children and parents to have their say.

Glasgow City Parents Group also wants more gender-neutral options to be available.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “We would love to see the school uniform simplified to a more generic uniform where only a few key basics are required.

“For example, a white polo shirt instead of a white shirt and tie, and black or gray pants.

Shirley-Anne Somerville, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills


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“These items are more widely available from a variety of retailers.

“While going into niche or unique color combinations, you can often settle for a one-size-fits-all vendor that costs something.”

The Scottish Government plans to introduce legal guidance on uniforms to address equality in politics and reduce costs.

The parents’ group spokeswoman said: “We welcome the Scottish Government’s school uniform consultation.

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“In the current climate, we think it’s important that schools keep the cost of the school day at the forefront of everything they do.

“However, we recognize that sometimes a unified policy can be driven by the parents’ forum in a school.”

She pointed out, “While some families may find that the extra items of a school gym kit or a prefect blazer are affordable, there will also be many families who have trouble affording those extra items.”

And the parent rep warned some moms and dads “may not feel empowered to say anything, so schools need to work with their parents’ forum to explain how these decisions may affect families.”

The group also wants more gender-neutral uniform options


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Explaining how schools can continue to display their logo, the parent representative said: “Schools can still display their own identity by choosing an item such as a sweatshirt in their school color with a logo, making the uniform more cost-effective and sustainable.

“A simpler uniform would also be beneficial for students with mobility or sensory limitations.”

Glasgow City Parents Group also said that unified decisions “must lead to more gender-neutral options to reflect equality in how children are treated and how they see each other”.

They would also like to see more uniforms reused and have pointed out that certain branded primary or secondary clothing can only be used in one school and not in multiple campuses.

The school uniform consultation runs until October 14th.

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