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