School UniformThe wearing of a school uniform is not governed by legislation but falls to schools to determine. The day-to-day management of schools, including school uniform policy, is a matter for school Principals, subject to any directions that might be given by the Board of Governors.
The Department has provided guidance for schools on school uniform policy. The Circular provides advice only.
English only and Irish only versions of the Circular are available on the Department's Circulars page.
Please note that the road2safety website referred to in section 5 of the Department's Circular is now available at:
Prior to the issue of the Circular the Department carried out a focussed consultation on the draft guidance. You can view a summary of the responses here:
Help with clothing costs
Families who are on benefits or on low income, could be entitled to clothing grants. The eligibility criteria are similar to those used for free school meals. Information for parents on school uniforms and how to apply for a clothing grant can be found on NI Direct.
The grant does not apply to pupils in attendance at nursery schools, nursery units or reception classes.