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Update posted 4 months ago

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
1,053 supporters
Update posted 9 months ago

Petition to Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

Stop School Funding Cuts - All Our Children Deserve a Great Education

Schools across England are facing devastating funding cuts. This is already harming our children's education. Fair Funding For All Schools is an independent, parent-led campaign, working to stop the cuts to school funding through parent and people-power. Without increased investment cuts are likely to result in: ·         Cuts to teachers and support staff  ·         Class sizes of up to 40 ·         Parents contributing to core running costs ·         School days shortened to save money ·         Cuts to subjects such as music and languages We want to tell Justine Greening, our Secretary of State for Education: to increase investment in our schools and ensure NO child loses out as a result of the new funding formula - taking money away from any of our schools is wrong. We are demanding our government gives our schools the funding it promised – and recognises that investment in education is an investment both in the future of our children and of our country.  Please sign our petition calling on the government to keep its promise and protect all our children’s education. Find us at What to do next:Check how the cuts will affect your school and Use Facebook and Twitter to spread the word and publicise this petition. #schoolsjustwannahavefunds Set up your own local FFFAS Facebook page and connect with us: Set up a campaign group at your local school and organise your own public meeting. Our website has lots of resources: Use this easy tool to email your MP and tell them your concerns and what you want them to do, or write your own letter (even better). Keep in touch with us, we will be happy to hear from you.

Fair Funding for All Schools
52,503 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Derbyshire County Council - Education Authority.


LACK OF CONFIDENCE in Headteacher (Miss Walker) to lead & manage Whaley Thorns Primary School. OFSTED report for:   October 2015:      Requires improvement.                                      November 2016:  Requires improvement. We are a small community village that are lucky enough to have our own Primary School that offers education to children from the age of 3 to 11. Our school has a very important role in our community & many parents of children who attend this school today were once pupils there themselves. Our children deserve the best start in life & receiving a good standard of education in the early days is crucial if they are to progress well later on in life. It's our job, our obligation as parents to make sure that this is achieved.  Yes, our school budget (like many others) has been cut, but is it being spent wisely, allocated to the areas where it is needed & can make a positive difference to our Children's learning? All we keep hearing is "it's a deprived area". Are our teachers & staff receiving the appropriate support which enables them to teach in a positive & productive way, being given the opportunity to implement new ideas & ways of teaching to reach out to all their pupils, being made to feel valued & are they given the opportunity to voice their opinions & concerns? If we don't act on this situation now, if parents continue to take their children out of this school, moving them to other local schools in the area that have received more satisfactory OFSTED reports, we could face closure of our school. Every child that leaves, the school funding follows that child. If you agree that we need to appoint a new Headteacher, that you no longer have confidence in Miss Walker to lead & manage our school, then join me & sign this petition. Lets see if we can stand together & bring positive change to our local community primary school.

154 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to De Lacy Academy c/o Delta Academies Trust

Save Our Skinny Trousers (and our money!) - Action against De Lacy Academy's NEW rule!

  Today a large number of girls were put in isolation on arriving at school for wearing "skinny" trousers.  They were then sent home to change into skirts or "other" school trousers.  At the time of press, some will have now missed all of their morning lessons, some will have not returned to school at all as parents are extremely annoyed and angered by this decision.  None of this has been made clear to the many parents I have seen voicing their opinions on this subject.  We have not been suitably informed what the correct trousers should be, and to have to provide other trousers at this point in the school year is not acceptable. Knottingley is known nationally as a deprived area, and most parents cannot afford to replace items they have already purchased in the summer holidays.  DeLacy should have made the uniform policy clear to all parents in the last school year by means readily available such as via text, or meetings at school telling exactly what to purchase prior to the holidays commencing so that we had ample time to source and fund them. The trousers are being referred to as leggings/jeggings/fashion trousers when in fact have been purchased from a reputable retailer marketing them as a zip up trouser, with waistband, and have been worn by many girls for at least the last three years at this school, without any issue.  Please note also that no boys have been sent home or even identified, despite the fact that some of them are wearing them too.  This in my opinion is sexual discrimination on a very sinister level.  We have already had girls told that they are not to wear coloured bra's under their white shirts, which when common sense dictates is not a bad thing, but they have been told it is distracting the boys and male teachers. What kind of message is this sending our girls? I am certainly not against school uniform, or following set rules, but to take this out on the girls when the parents have purchased these items in good faith, with the uniform policy not having been made clear prior to us at the start of the school year, then I believe that allowances need to be made for those who cannot afford to replace items, and that the school should be concentrating more on their education and less their appearance when in the grand scheme of things, a pair of trousers in no way affects their learning experience.  

Angela Brian
375 supporters