School uniforms can help create a sense of community, belonging and identity. They can also help reduce visible signs of lower income and poverty, reducing stigma, embarrassment and poverty related bullying.   

However, for many children and young people living in poverty, school uniforms are regularly a source of stress, anxiety and bullying.   

Where families are unable to afford to buy the correct uniform, learners are frequently bullied and isolated by their peers, which can lead to increased absenteeism, disengagement and demotivation.    

“If uniforms had no badges and was plain, it would be cheaper and more accessible to more people.  The school could even sell iron on badges so it would be cheaper because having to buy from a uniform shop is very expensive.” (10-13yrs)  

Through this Supporting Change: School Uniforms briefing and accompanying case studies, we want to help schools implement changes to their current school uniform policies and practice through greater understanding of the affordability issues, increasing awareness of the impact current policies have on children, young people and their families, and share practices that are being implemented by schools to address these issues.  

Click here for the Supporting Change: School Uniforms briefing

“Our school really works to make sure children in poverty don’t obviously stand out.  There is free uniform for children who need it and it’s been donated by other children.” (10-13yrs)  

To see the current case studies from schools across Wales and to access the accompanying template, please click the following link: Supporting Change: School Uniform 

Has your school made positive changes around school uniforms?  If you’d like to share them with the project or simply want more information, please contact:    


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