School uniform

Departmental advice on school uniform and related policies.



This departmental advice is for:

  • school leaders
  • school staff
  • governing bodies
  • local authorities

It applies to:

  • maintained schools
  • academies and free schools

There is no legislation in place that deals specifically with school uniform or other aspects of appearance, but we do expect schools to take full account of this advice relating to best practice on developing school uniform policy.

This guidance updates the department’s previous guidance on school uniform, published in May 2012 and has greater emphasis on securing best value for money in the supply of school uniforms. It will be reviewed again in 2015.