Children bullied over uniforms

Children from poor backgrounds are being bullied because their parents cannot afford expensive school uniforms, campaigners said this week. Some parents even consider sending their children to different schools because compulsory items such as blazers and sports kit are so costly.

A group of organisations - including Barnardo's, One Parent Families, the National Union of Teachers and Citizens' Advice - has called on schools to keep uniforms simple. It said headteachers should also make sure uniforms can be bought from more than one shop to help keep costs down.

The Office of Fair Trading is studying school uniform s after receiving complaints from parents about high prices and poor quality.

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