The benefits of a school uniform.
THERE appears to be a strong agenda in the national media to focus on the poor struggling to buy school uniform, with the clear benefits of school uniform being totally ignored.
I am concerned that concentration on this rhetoric without a proper understanding of the real value of quality uniform could be detrimental to the schoolwear industry, the schools and the children, too.
School uniform is a serious matter and should not be brought down to the lowest common denominator.
It is an important part of a child's life. A quality uniform can help to give confidence and promote pride and a sense of community Respect, for the uniform, for the rest of the school rules and the teachers, is an essential part of the smooth functioning of a school.
The only time any parent has to spend significant money on uniform upon return to school is for the start of Year 7, when their child moves to secondary school.
The cost can be spread over many months by using a schoolwear specialist, who is usually a member of the Schoolwear Association David Burgess, Chairman, The Schoolwear Association