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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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Schools 'should keep uniform costs to a minimum'

Schools have been told to keep the cost of uniforms to a minimum after it emerged parents were having to fork out for new ones just because schools had converted to academies.

A Department for Education spokesman said: "We published guidance last year which states that schools should keep uniform costs to a minimum and prioritise value for money for parents.

"It also makes clear that schools should avoid frequent changes to uniform."

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