Posted: 23 February 2015

‘There needs to be a stop to children being sent home for wearing the wrong school uniform’

This blog was written as part of The Children's Commission on Poverty. The commission was led by sixteen children aged 10-19 to uncover the true cost of school life for those living in poverty, through young eyes. Jess was one of the commissioners who launched the report 'At what cost? Exposing the true cost of school'. 

I feel like The Children’s Commission on Poverty is important because children’s voices are finally being heard.

The cost of school uniforms is important because uniform is something that mostly every school has. It’s something that when in schools it is compulsory to have which means children have to buy it. The high cost of school uniforms can affect children because the child’s family might not have been able to afford the right uniform or might have got it second hand. This might affect the child because other children would be able to notice which may cause bullying to happen. Obviously this would give those children low self-esteem and knock them down.

I never thought the school uniform costs were as high as £316 and it shocked me to see those statistics. I also think it’s appalling that there are such high numbers and nothing is being done about it. I think that price is way too high. That’s also only counting one child, think about the price if the family had twins or more than one child in school at the same time.

I feel like there needs to be a stop to children being sent home for wearing the wrong school uniform when they can’t afford it. You are taking away a child’s learning time for something that isn’t their fault. If the school wanted them to have a perfect uniform that badly they should have given it to them. It makes them feel singled out. That child has now to go home and put pressure on their mother / father / guardian to buy them new school uniform.

I wanted to be on The Children’s Commission on Poverty to be part of a change - I feel like this is a time where a real difference can be made for children in poverty.

read the report 

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