The biggest payout is for school uniforms, costing £53 on average.
Now a school in East Sussex has just taken away that choice by changing its uniform policy and requiring every Year 7 pupil to wear trousers. Why? They say it's to accommodate the growing number of transgender pupils - oh and to deal with complaints over the "decency" of short skirts.
'You can’t have girls lining up to kneel down on plastic chairs every day.'
Parents have criticised a school as “draconian” for introducing a skirt measuring test, asking girls to kneel on chairs to
While no one suggests that school uniform isn't a significant expense for many parents, the cost is sometimes hyped up to make a story or a political argument. As our research highlighted, school uniform costs on average just 45p per school day. The real drain on many family budgets is the clothing children wear when they are not in school.
A leaked email from BBC editor Samantha Smith highlights advice on what’s appropriate to wear when presenting on TV.  Samantha
Now I understand the importance of a school uniform policy. I really do, but I think there has to be some flexibility with it too and more importantly some common sense on behalf of the teachers and school who help to enforce these policies.
it's not to anyone's benefit for the school to be involved in what happens in the few precious hours between three and seven pm. Children don't need one more thing to be measured/scolded/rewarded for, teachers don't need one more medium through which parents can evaluate them, and parents don't need any more reasons to feel like they are failing their children.