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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-15265: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 14 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to reported concerns that school uniform policies that require families to purchase branded, rather than generic, items can have a negative impact on their affordability.

Answered by: John Swinney 21 March 2018

Local authorities are responsible for their own school uniform policy, as part of their responsibilities for school rules. The Scottish Government does encourage local authorities to consider how they can work with schools to ensure that uniform policies do not present a barrier to learning for those families living on low incomes.

The Scottish Government believes the wearing of a school uniform is a key part of the drive to improve discipline and raise attainment in schools. There are many advantages to wearing a school uniform, these include reducing competition between pupils in respect of clothing brands, which in turn reduces the causes of bullying; creating a positive image of the school within the local community; and they are also good from a school’s security perspective since it allows school staff to easily identify people who do not belong to the school.