Riveting school uniform.

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Dear Department for Education,

Could you please confirm your / the DfE's position on schools enforcing RIVETING items of school uniform.

Explanation: We have just been informed by our school (without any prior consultation) that certain school uniform items, such as trousers, now have to be riveted with immediate effect (meaning: someone checks the item and then punches a metal rivet in it to confirm that it is in line with school uniform policy) to be accepted by the school.

If there is any DfE guideline / publication regarding this technique / reference to it by you, please attach a link to it in your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Karin Siemund

MINISTERS, Department for Education

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Dear Ms Siemund

I am writing to thank you for your email of 28 August relating to school

With reference to the department’s position on riveting items of school
uniform, I must advise that there is no legislation that deals
specifically with school uniform or other aspects of appearance. The
decision to have a school uniform and what this will be is made at school

The department published non-statutory guidance on school uniform in
September 2013, which sets out best practice for governing bodies and
school leaders on developing and implementing school uniform policy. The
School Uniform guidance is available at:


The guidance sets out that a school should ensure that its school uniform
policy is fair and reasonable for all its students. It should make certain
that the uniform chosen is affordable and does not act as a barrier to
parents when choosing a school. In making decisions about its school
uniform policy, a school must have regard to its obligations under the
Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. 

We expect schools to act reasonably and accept reasonable requests to
alter their policy. Schools should work in dialogue with parents to arrive
at mutually acceptable outcomes.

Disputes about school uniforms should be resolved locally, in accordance
with the school’s published complaints procedure. In law, governing bodies
must have a complaints procedure in place, which would deal with issues
such as a complaint about school uniform.

With this in mind, if you have concerns about the school’s policy of
riveting permitted items of uniform, I recommend you approach the school
to discuss the matter, possibly in the form of a formal complaint.

I hope this information is helpful, and thank you once again for writing
to the department with your query.

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