Costs reduced for parents for children going back to school

Costs reduced for parents for children going back to school

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rebecca Reece started this petition to Local government and schools

2020 has been a tough year for us all, and for some it has meant redundancy and the fear of trying to find a new source of income in a crumbling economy. On top of that, there is the added cost of providing adequate ppe so that you are able to do the most basic of things like shopping to feed your family.

I received an email from my sons school a couple of weeks ago to not only confirm his return, but the expectation that he would be clothed in the right uniform and I suspect that are parents across the country who have received something very similar. 

Last year, to provide him with everything the school stated he required which incidentally can only be purchased from one manufacturer, the cost was over £200. This was without the addition of any named brands in the form of coats or bags. He went back with standard stuff that was inexpensive in comparison to branded items. I resent these excessive costs at the best of times. Surely, as long as children are tidy and in black trousers/skirts with a smart white shirt and a specifically coloured jumper, that should be enough. Surely the most important element of school is them actually being there! 

This year however, things must be different. There are thousands across the country who have lost their jobs and just cannot afford to provide the expected uniforms for their children. They are struggling to make ends meet, and to add the excessive cost of something that makes absolutely no difference to their level of education is fundamentally and morally wrong. 

We need to stop the unnecessary purchase of uniform from specific retailers. We need to expect a set of colours for school, but the expectation that parents to spend this kind of money this year needs to be stopped. 

I want this changed, and quickly. Not only have the expenses from last years uniforms been unnecessary ones as they only wore them for half the school year, but we have a massively depleted income and no guarantee that children will remain at school for the entire year. 

Please sign this petition and make them recognise that uniform does not make the school or the child. 

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