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Petition to The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP

Cheaper School Uniforms in the UK

Do you think it's right that some School/Academy uniforms are costing parents in excess of £200 per child? Do you think it's right that uniform requirements vary so vastly from School to School? No then read on.... As a Mum to double trouble (twins), I won't pay silly prices for logo riddled School uniforms & I'm trying to get Schools & Government to see reason, please join me? I need 100,000 people to help. Did you know that in 2012 the as was Office of Fair Trading (now CMA) wrote to Schools throughout the country warning them to change their ways with regards to School uniform availability, 5 years later & nothing much has changed, just another stark warning but will this do anything? So far it just means some Schools have a second expensive dedicated supplier. We believe that it should be up to parents to decide where they buy a school uniform from & not the choice of the School or Board of Governors, some School Governors do not even have children at the School they are governing for, they may not even have children at all, so why should they get to decide the uniform our children wear or where we buy it from! This is a Nationwide problem & it's about time the Government did something. So no matter where you are in the Country please sign this petition, we are aiming to have the Government change the rules to benefit parents instead of the Schools. Schools must no longer be able to just implement sanctions such as removal of clothing, exclusion or segregation for wearing non logo uniforms and the wrong material on the shoes. These rules re uniforms must be more uniformed themselves as they vary so vastly throughout the UK and we cannot choose our schools by their uniform code so the code needs to be more standardised, a common sense, practical to wear, cheap and readily available on the high street so to speak. No more only from our dedicated suppliers! Children have to be prepared for the working world I hear some disapproving parents comment. Employers don't have rules for rules sake they have them predominantly for health & safety reasons. Plus working adults have finished growing so a pair of shoes will last and they are not playing in them during break times, children are growing and often outgrow both shoes and uniform before the year is out! Such factors make treating this issue as preparation for the real world a joke. One of my twins was on his 3rd pair of School shoes before his 1st Christmas at School! We want the DfE to amend the current Government Uniform Guidelines which are largely ignored by Schools, we want them to make it mandatory for ALL state Schools/Academies to have a completely logo free uniform as standard. These changes would mean parents who want to purchase a logo uniform could still do so from the dedicated supplier, but those parents who do not want to purchase a logo uniform, could buy the logo free version from ANY retailer that sells the school colours. Logo uniforms can be as much as FOUR TIMES the price of the non logo option. Schools up & down the country are getting away with this rip off practice. Children are being threatened with exclusion or segregation if their parents send them to school wearing a logo free version, regardless if they look the same just logo free. Exclusion just because the logo is not on clothing is wrong and should not be permitted. Some schools even go as far as demanding logo's on both trousers and skirts, the PE kits too, where does it end? We believe this has gone far enough and want it stopped. Many Schools only offer only 1 supplier & the quality can be shocking, it's NOT best value for money which is what the current Government Guidelines recommend. Schools that offer a second supplier (which meets the CMA rules) are no better as the second supplier is usually pretty close in price to the first one, therefore making it a pointless exercise. The only true way to bring uniform costs down is to allow parents to choose whether to buy logo or non logo uniform and not dictate where they must be purchased. We see many of the children in our School wearing discoloured, ill fitting & often tatty uniforms due to the cost of replacing them being so high & the quality being poor. A more affordable logo free option could mean more families being able to afford to replace the uniform when they really need to, rather than sending their children to school looking shabby in an old, ill fitting uniform. We also would like to see Schools permitting a better range of suitable shoes & colours and not just demanding black leather shoes. Having a choice in shoe colour and shoe type is relevant too, cost reasons, fitting reasons, the stores rarely offer children's black shoes in sales, the cheaper black shoes available from supermarkets etc do not come in half sizes or width fitting choices, meaning children often have to wear ill fitting shoes & they do not get replaced as often as they should be. Some schools allow black trainers some do not, yet they want kids to be active in break times that's a lot harder in rigid shoes, kicking a ball about or running around in the playground or field is not good for rigid shoes they get damaged and become uncomfortable, it's not about style it's about being active and fit for purpose. By offering an option of dark colours rather than specifying an actual colour would mean parents could afford the shoes that do offer half sizes & width fittings in the sales, we regularly see blues/browns etc in the sales for less than half price but not the black. My children are often complimented on their appearance, they wear logo free uniform and black trainer style shoes. The School Governors could not even pick mine out of a class photo as the ones not in proper uniform, so this goes to show how irrelevant some of the rigid uniform rules are at present set by the Governors. We are not against a uniform, we are just against School's forcing their logo's onto us and onto so many items of the uniform, it should be the parent's choice whether to purchase logo or plain uniform, it should be the parent's choice on shoe colour within reason, we are asking for options, even employers do not stipulate exactly what make or model of shoes you must buy! Anarchy will not reign buy removing the School logo, or from blue shoes being worn instead of black! Exam results will not drop because a logo was not on the uniform! We are asking for a common sense approach to uniforms, a choice for parents of all financial abilities! If a uniform is not readily available from a variety of retailers i.e. on the high street, so to speak, then the School should not be allowed to demand it as a uniform! That is just a back door way of forcing parents to buy from dedicated retailers at inflated prices. Please sign this petition to give the freedom to all parents throughout the UK, of all financial abilities. If this issue does not affect you please sign anyway to help those who it does. Even working parents are struggling to pay for these overpriced uniforms. We want the Government to change the Guidelines accordingly - Mandatory logo free uniform  = cheaper School uniforms! We're on Facebook as Cheaper School Uniform Campaign PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION, SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS & FAMILY :)   

Amanda Frier-Russell
874 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to His Excellency President John Pombe Magufuli

President John P. Magufuli Let Pregnant Students complete their education!

On 22nd June 2017 while addressing the Bagamoyo District Residents in his 3 days tour to Coast Region in Tanzania  President. John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania made a statement to the public who gathered during where he mentioned  that all pregnant school girls from primary schools to secondary schools should NOT continue their education at all once they fall pregnant hence no re-entry meaning an end to their education career. ''They are many things that girls who are impregnated can do after delivery , they can join VETA ( Vocational Educational Training Authority centres) , they can learn sewing but they cannot go back to school'' - said President J.P Magufuli The President argued that if such girls were to be allowed back to school , then they would encourage other girls to engage in sex. While in Tanzania Child Marriage is Legal where girls are allowed to get married at 14 years under parents consent and 15 years legally while boys are to marry at 18 years according to the Law of Marriage Act 1971 , There is a need for amendment of section 13 & 17 of the act to raise the age of marriage to 18 years for the girls and curb early pregnancy. The Government of Tanzania needs to formulate a legal framework that would allow teenage mothers to resume schooling after giving birth however such a statement from the President propagates more discrimination without reconsidering that these girls (students ) need more sexual reproductive health education to be able to protect themselves from early pregnancies while in school. Please join me to make a call for action and urge President John Pombe Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania to change this statement and #ProtectGirls Sign the Petition!

Petrider Paul
81,698 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Damian Hinds, Robert Goodwill MP

Time to stop pushing KS1 into our reception classes and extend "Early Years" to 7!

What are the essential skills for life in the 21st century? What do our children really need to know?  What do they need to understand?  Does the current English system give them this? does not. Our children need communication skills, personal, social and emotional development, physical skills, embedded literacy and maths skills, an understanding of their world and the people in it. They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, make connections. They need confidence and the ability to learn from mistakes as they grow in a world which is a challenging place to be...and becoming more so by the day. The irony of all of the above is that we currently have a curriculum in England that delivers much of the above and more. It is the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. For many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready!  This notion of moving children towards KS1 during their Reception year was highlighted in OFSTED's recent report into the Reception year: (  It was seen as positive that Reception teachers were starting KS1 learning in their Early Years classes in a bid to make children ready for Yr1 expectations, expectations that are developmentally inappropriate! How can this be right? Many of these children are still 4 years old.  Every child in reception is entitled to an early years education, not a watered down pale imitation. Surely its time to stop pushing the flawed and inappropriate KS1 curriculum into our Reception classes and time to push up a curriculum that is tried, tested and proven. A curriculum with relationships, environments and child development at its core.  The early years of life do not end at age 4 or 5.  They end at 7 or 8..and that is the age when learning should become more formal. This is when most children are developmentally ready for such approaches.  Look abroad at nations like Finland where this is just what happens.  Their children are thriving and out performing ours.  Our children (and their families and teacher's) are tired, stressed, pressured and fed up. Children as young as 4 are switched off and see learning as boring....    Time to stop the testing our over tested children. Time to stop making children do things they are not ready for. Time to make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's stand together to make a change for the future. WB Yeats stated that: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire". It's time to find the matches...

Keeping Early Years Unique
37,382 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Richard Graham MP, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Richard Johnson headteacher, Severn Vale School, Alex chalk, Damian Hinds

BAN homework in secondary school around England and the rest of the United Kingdom

They should ban homework in England in secondary schools because it is the most important years to be studying at school to get GCSE but if you have homework all the time you are missing out on learning. Plus you can spend hours doing the pieces of homeworks and the teachers might not mark them in which you don't know whether you are improving. Plus by doing no homework it would give the students more time to learn and have more time to be able to do stuff they enjoy like hobbies. And it should be up to kids how they revise. And the teachers to prepare the lessons instead of handing homework out in which it could improve learning because it wouldn't take up the time. And if you do your homework you never have time to go out with friends or family because they set to much homework and students go to school about 30 hours a week and spend more hours doing homework they should be able to relax there brains and having a break not doing work all the time.what happens if you win? Well it would stop homework which would give more time to students to do what they want like sports or there hobbies and socialising with other people like friends.and cause teachers can use the time to prepare the lessons instead of handing out homework in which student might not know what to do. and also they don’t give the help student need because they are interested in homework not the pupils progress and whether they are understanding the knowledge!  You spend hours doing it and the teachers don’t mark it which means that time you can be spending with your friends and family also they don’t realise that you only stay a kid for not long so you want to enjoy it. and homework does not help you get a GCSE so the teachers can help you more and stop giving detentions and help people to achieve and learn what they need  they never consult the parents or students and can set how much homework they want which it isn’t fair and this causes health problems because you are not doing fun things like hobbies  a number of health problems are: .heart problems  .anxiety  And another thing is schools set all this homework but then they don’t think socialising or spending time with your family is important like going to beaches so you have memories as you are only young for not long and school do not look at this and they set loads of homework way to much over the weekends but they don’t realise that you too want a break and spend time with family and friends and homework does not help you and it causes health problems  And even teachers get breaks over the weekends and go places so they need to take in consideration of students and they should just ban it so teachers can teach better and homework don’t help cause teachers harlf the time don’t even mark it!  

Lee Sibley
2,046 supporters