Thursday, 21 August 2014 in support of our campaign

Our tax-free school uniform campaign has recently been given a big boost thanks to the backing of Gemma Johnson, CEO of the popular money saving website

Gemma Johnson, CEO of
We are strong believers in the importance of quality school uniform and want the government to make it easier for parents to budget for high quality and ethically sourced uniform, reducing the need for cheap, low quality garments.

MyFamilyClub was the UK’s first website that aimed to help families save, make and manage their money.  As such they have a common ground with us here at the Schoolwear Association.

Gemma, a mother of three, has been urging likeminded mothers to sign our e-petition and help bring the issue to the attention of the Prime Minister.  When discussing her experience in the matter, Gemma said: 

“At MyFamilyClub we hear from families on a regular basis who have gone through numerous sets of school uniform from the major supermarkets within the same term, and they are naturally disappointed and very frustrated that these haven’t lasted.”

This support from MyFamilyClub is in addition to previous endorsements from sites such as, where their founder, Craig Hodgson, has stated: 

“School uniform is something to be proud of but it can also be a costly affair for parents. This scheme will certainly help parents budget and plan for those torn trousers and lost jumpers.”

Our e-petition has already made it into the tiny 5% of online government petitions that reach 1000 signatures, but we need more to really see some change and get the required attention.  Please help us make an impact and sign:

If you agree with our campaign, you can tweet a photograph using the hashtag #mychildisworthit - just like Gemma has!

#mychildisworthit says Gemma

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

How to get the best value from your child's school uniform

Some parents can find buying school uniforms quite a worry, especially if you have more than one child, so to prevent having to buy a new uniform every term follow these simple tips on how make the most out of your child’s uniform: 
  • Make sure you look for good quality uniform as it needs to stand up to the wear and tear of being worn and washed almost every day! Look for things like extra value in heavier fabrics, long life features and robust stitching to ensure the quality of the item.
  • Naturally, most parents avoid buying their child’s uniform until it’s time to go back to school but, this isn’t always the best option. If the majority of parents are rushing to buy uniforms at the end of August then most of the sizes and items will be gone, so consider buying your uniform as soon as school finishes that way you are guaranteed a better choice.
  • Another way you can make the most out of your child’s uniform is by buying it slightly bigger, meaning you can get at least another years worth out of your jumpers and shirts! Once your child has outgrown their uniform you can offer the items to other parents to use.
  • One thing to remember is that the way you wash and iron the uniform can give it a longer a life, so make sure to use low temperatures and read the items labels! (You can read about how to keep your uniform smart and clean on our previous blog post).
  • Lastly, don’t forget to label your child’s name on their uniform, often enough they will leave it in the PE changing rooms!