MSP encourages Aberdeenshire pupils to give views on school uniform guidance
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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin is encouraging pupils, parents and carers to give their views on school uniforms to help shape new national guidance.
A key aim of the guidance will be to reduce costs for families, while ensuring pupils can go to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn.
Local authorities and individual schools decide on school uniform policy at local level.
The national guidance – which will be underpinned by a range of principles – will inform those policies.
The consultation will aim to get a range of views from schools, families, education authorities and suppliers.
Last year, the level of school clothing grant was increased by the Scottish Government to at least £120 for primary school pupils and £150 for secondary school pupils.
Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said: “I would encourage pupils, parents and carers to put forward their views on school uniforms to help shape new national guidance.
“The cost of school uniforms can be a significant burden for families particularly as the cost of living continues to rise.
“This is why the Scottish Government has increased the school clothing grant to help families who need it most.
“It now plans to go further by updating guidance which is aimed at reducing the cost of uniforms.
“It is essential that the views of children and young people are heard as part of this consultation.”
There is no legal requirement to wear school uniform in Scotland.
The new guidance is not intended to change this or to mandate the wearing of school uniform at national level.
The consultation will run until October 14.