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    Video caption: Back to school: Berkshire charity provides free uniforms

    A charity says it's seen a spike in demand for reused school uniforms as families struggle post-lockdown.

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    Video caption: A school uniform exchange scheme says they’ve been overwhelmed by the uptake.
  3. Demand high for school uniform as parents asked to recycle

    Parents in East Yorkshire are being urged to recycle more school uniform - after a new report found that 100,000 items of clothing are binned in Yorkshire every year.

    Two students in a school uniform

    Demand for second-hand clothing is high, according to East Yorkshire charity Re:Uniform - which says it helped more than 600 families last year alone.

    The new report, by label manufacturer My Nametags, found extending a garment's lifespan by just three months could help reduce people's carbon and waste footprints.

    Suzie Steel, from Re:Uniform, said: "We had over 600 families come to get uniform and they're desperate their child is not singled out because they don't have the right uniform.

    "They're worried their child is going to get punished - put in isolation - because they cannot afford the correct uniform. So they're turning to us to see if we can offer them the right piece of uniform for their child."

  4. MP backs bill calling for affordable school uniforms

    Hull West and Hessle Labour MP Emma Hardy has given her support to a bill due to go before Parliament later today calling for changes to the cost of school uniform.

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    Mike Amesbury MP is due to present the first reading of his Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Bill in the House of Commons later today.

    The bill calls for guidance for schools about the cost aspects of school uniform policies.

    In 2018, a Children's Society report found parents were spending £340 per year on school uniform costs for each secondary school child and £255 per year for each primary school child.

    Ms Hardy said: "When I was teaching, children looked perfectly smart in uniform you could buy from the supermarket or the local high street.

    "But this need suddenly to have the school logo on a blazer, on their socks, on their PE kit, on their trousers, it's just excessive. It's a completely unnecessary cost."

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    Video caption: Weymouth Author Donna Anne Pace: 'Making 'something positive out of something negative'.
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    Video caption: Durham shoe shop helps kids with learning difficulties find the right fit

    Staff spend extra time with the children to build up a relationship and trust with them.

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    Video caption: Dorset mum runs back to school uniform swap shop

    Laura started the swap shop after her three children grew out of their good quality uniforms.