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New report calls for sensible school uniform policy changes


newly released report by the Schoolwear Association is calling for the quality and sustainability of garments to be key considerations in any changes to school uniform policy. The ‘Schoolwear Association: Shining a spotlight on school uniform’ report provides a series of policy

recommendations to the government that will help avoid a series of unintended consequences that drastic changes to existing policy could bring about – such as increasing costs, impacting on cohesion in schools and having a detrimental impact on the environment. The Schoolwear Association details a number of recommendations including that, alongside cost, the quality and sustainability of school uniform should be key considerations. It argues that policy must ensure there is year-round availability of uniform in the wide range of sizes required to ensure that all pupils have access to items when required. The report goes on to recognise the

fact that head teachers are best placed to understand the specific uniform requirements of their school, and any updated guidance should maintain their ability to have the freedom and autonomy required to implement appropriate uniform policies for their local community. Included within the report are the findings of the largest ever analysis of uniform costs, accounting for around 12% of state secondary schools in England – representing 409 schools and approximately 395,000 pupils. The figures show that currently the average cost of compulsory items of secondary school uniform and sportswear is £101.19 per pupil when they start secondary school and, given that less than half of these items need to be replaced each year, the average

PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom will be held in January 2021


ith COVID-19 causing many exhibitions and industries to come to a standstill, it is hoped that the three trade shows, PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom will provide the impetus for a fresh start next year, when they are held from January 12 to 14.

Petra Lassahn of show organiser Reed Exhibitions and director of the three trade fairs, said: “After lockdown, the retail economy urgently needs to start finding markets again. Trade fairs are one of the best tools for kickstarting an economic recovery and can provide a vital signal for a new beginning.” Together, PSI, PromoTex Expo and viscom reflect the entire world of sales and advertising. Thanks to the close bonds between the different branches, they provide a major force for good in the industry and beyond

Over the last few months, the PSI network has fought hard for the interests of industry players, both on a political level and also by providing many of its own services free of charge. The three fairs are being completely restructured in January to ensure maximum safety. There will be more emphasis on the themes of product sourcing, sustainability, technology and community in four halls. A key part of the planning will involve guiding visitors more transparently through the fair as well as deciding on just how exhibitors will be able to present their products and services to the public.

As well as having a new hygiene and safety concept, other changes will also be made regarding show planning. PromoTex Expo will move closer to PSI again, with exhibitors from the world of textiles being represented in all four exhibition halls in 2021.

Special services will be available for PSI members. They will be able to relax in the PSI Members Only Lounge. There you will not just find all the different PSI service departments represented but also have the opportunity to meet up and network with other members of the PSI family after an extraordinary year.

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annual spend beyond the first year is just £36.24. Matthew

Easter, co-chair of The


Association, said: “It is vital that any changes to

government policy must take into account the demonstrable benefits that a school-specific uniform delivers for pupils, schools and parents. The policy recommendations within

our report will ensure that uniform continues to act a social leveller within schools, as well as reducing bullying, promoting academic achievement and improving behaviour in the classroom.”

ICC introduces new HDB Digital System


nternational Coatings has introduced the new HDB Digital System, created specifically to optimise hybrid digital print applications. The HDB System allows digital garment ink to be printed faster, and with sharper resolution, better colour and wash fastness.

Hybrid prints combine a screen print underbase with an inkjet-type print. The results are clear, crisp digitally-printed images on garments. Hybrid DTG printers offer today’s garment decorators the ability to fulfil small to medium multi-colour print jobs quickly and more economically. Hybrid prints can be printed up to four times faster than traditional DTG printing and the HDB inks typically cost a quarter of digital white underbase inks. International Coatings’ HDB Digital System is an easy-to-use three-component/ step system comprised of an HDB primer coat for either cotton or hard-to-print synthetics, followed by the HDB Synthesis Receiver Base (part A and B), and an HDB Optimum Clear. With the HDB Digital System, digital ink is printed wet-on-wet on the HDB underbase, eliminating the need to flash.

Image printed with HDB Digital System underbase on M&R Digital Squeegee DS-4000

The HDB Digital System enables digital printing on light and dark garments and provides a vibrant, smooth, and durable finish. The HDB low-bleed system is designed to block bleed for digital printing on polyester, synthetic and performance fabrics.

Schoolwear Association: Shining a spotlight on school uniform

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