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Calls to limit academy school uniform costs

Parents are being forced to fork out hundreds of pounds extra for uniforms because schools have been converted into academies, council leaders have warned.

Hundreds of schools are becoming academies each year but headteachers and governors need to consider the cost of a new uniform to families, the Local Government Association (LGA) said.

It suggested instead of introducing entirely new uniforms, academies could keep costs to a minimum by using plain blazers that can have badges attached or use sports kits and bags without badges.

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Calls to limit extra school uniform costs at academies

Parents are being forced to fork out hundreds of pounds extra for uniforms because schools have been converted into academies, council leaders have warned.

The LGA said it was unnecessary to replace expensive blazers which are still in good condition. Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

As many as 400 schools are expected to change into academies this year, with many marking the switch with a new uniform.

But the Local Government Association (LGA) said headteachers and governors need to consider the cost of a new uniform to families.

It suggested instead of introducing entirely new uniforms, academies could keep costs to a minimum by using plain blazers that can have badges attached or use sports kits and bags without badges.

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