The Department for Education (DfE) have published the report presenting findings from the Cost of School Uniform 2015 study. The research was carried out by BMG Research on behalf of the DfE with parents/carers of children in state funded education.

The DfE has not completed a systematic survey of the cost of uniforms since the Cost of Schooling 2007 study. This research was commissioned to be undertaken with parents/carers to repeat the uniform and PE kit related elements of the previous study to assess whether the relative cost of school uniforms has changed since then and to act as a baseline against which to measure the impact of any future policy action. When comparing costs with findings from previous study these have been adjusted for inflation using the Retail Price Index (RPI).

The study involved a telephone survey of a representative sample of 1,200 parents/carers of children aged 4 to 16 attending state funded schools in England. Subgroup analysis was undertaken to understand key differences based on school phase, school type, household income, and eligibility for free school meals.

To read the report please visit the DfE’s website:

For further information on this research please contact Elizabeth Davies, Research Director on 0121 333 6006 or

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