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Discount supermarket Aldi is launching a school uniform package for just £5.

In a nod to the cost of living crisis, the retailer said it hopes parents 'can rest easy' with its offer which families will be able to pre-order from the start of July.

The £5 uniform bundle, designed primarily for children in primary school, gives parents a selection of must-have items that feature on most school uniform lists for little more than the price of a large takeaway coffee.

The package includes two polo shirts, one sweatshirt and either a pair of trousers or a skirt - all for just £5 - and will be available in children's sizes age four to 12.

The £5 bundle includes t-shirts, a jumper and either a skirt or pair of trousers. Photo: Aldi.
The £5 bundle includes t-shirts, a jumper and either a skirt or pair of trousers. Photo: Aldi.

Aldi's website will have the bundle available to pre-order from Sunday, July 3 alongside other uniform and back-to-school items being sold separately. The £5 bundle will then make its way to stores from Thursday, July 7 to help parents get children kitted out in good time ahead of the new school year in September.

Believing the uniform package offers 'the best value on the market' Aldi says parents can also be confident its cut-price deal won't compromise on quality with a 150-day satisfaction guarantee that will prove its school clothing will stand-up to playground games.

Alongside this, Aldi says its continuing its partnership with Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) to ensure its uniform ranges are made with the highest quality, sustainably sourced cotton, for those looking to shop both consciously as well as economically this year.

Parents often have a huge outlay every summer paying for new school uniforms. Photo: iStock.
Parents often have a huge outlay every summer paying for new school uniforms. Photo: iStock.

Schools have come under pressure from the government in recent years to make school uniforms more affordable, with parliament last year passing The Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021, which has enabled ministers to set-out strict guidance headteachers are now obliged to consider when it comes to the cost of their uniform or setting a uniform policy.

It includes keeping branded or badged items to a minimum, regularly reviewing suppliers to ensure parents are being offered the best value for money and an expectation that schools will consider high street alternatives where possible.

The government now asks schools to keep branded and badged items to a minimum. Picture: iStock.
The government now asks schools to keep branded and badged items to a minimum. Picture: iStock.

A survey conducted by The Children's Society's in 2021, of around 1,000 parents in the UK, found that those with children in state maintained schools spent on average £337 per year on school uniform for each secondary school child and £315 per year for each primary school child.

But with household bills and petrol costs rising significantly this year pushing inflation to a record high, and another hike in energy bills expected in October, growing numbers of households are feeling the pinch when it comes to finding cash for additional extras like uniforms, school supplies and extra curricular clubs.

Just last month a study by the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) found that one third of children do not currently know how to swim, due to both the ongoing impact of the pandemic and the escalating cost of living crisis.