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Community and Charity Work - 28-09-2023 - - 0 comments
Help With School Uniforms During the Cost of Living Crisis

In today's rapidly changing world, the topic of school uniforms has remained a subject of debate. With some calling for them to be banned altogether, others find plenty of perks for uniforms, such as cost-effectiveness and equality. One of the biggest concerns that often comes with the topic is the cost of school uniforms and how this can affect children and their parents, especially during the cost of living crisis.

So, why do many schools, parents and even children still opt for uniforms?

Equality and Inclusivity: School uniforms can help to create a level playing field for all students, regardless of their background. When everyone wears the same thing, this can help to reduce the chance of bullying and social exclusion, for example if a child doesn’t have the latest clothes or current trend. This can help children to feel more included, and less singled out by what they’re wearing.

Improved Focus on Learning: Uniforms can put a stop to the daily dilemma of what to wear, allowing students to concentrate better on their studies. This stronger focus on learning can lead to improved academic performance, as well as an easier morning routine!

Enhanced School Pride: Wearing uniforms can encourage a sense of belonging and pride in a child’s school. With specific colours, logos and identity, students can get behind their school and enjoy a sense of being part of a team.

Cost Efficiency: In the long run, uniforms can be more cost-effective for parents as they eliminate the need for an extensive wardrobe of everyday clothes. They can also be handed down to younger siblings. However, the cost of living crisis has put added pressure on many families to make ends meet, and uniforms can be an expense that parents struggle to cover.

Uniforms and the Cost of Living Crisis

The cost of living crisis in the UK has put added pressure on families to meet basic needs like food and household bills such as gas and electric, which doesn’t leave much room for other expenses such as school uniforms. This is making it more and more difficult for parents to allocate funds for the right uniforms, especially if the colour or style is not sold in cheaper supermarkets or online.

Our Partnership with Newlife Charity

Thankfully, charities like Newlife are helping to make a significant difference in the lives of families facing these challenges. Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children has partnered with Smile Education to donate free, much-needed uniforms such as shirts, trousers, jumpers, and cardigans to Smile's partner schools across the Midlands. We’ve been hard at work distributing the clothing to schools up and down the Midlands, and we can’t wait to share their reactions with you!

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children has been ensuring that disabled and terminally ill children can fulfil their potential by providing them with specialist equipment. Newlife have 10 stores across the UK with their flagship store based in Cannock. Their stores sell brand-new clothes at a fraction of the original price from popular brands such as Ted Baker, River Island, The White Company and more.

You can find out more about Newlife here.

For more information about uniforms for your school, get in touch with us today.

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