A new uniform policy has been introduced for NSW public schools, which for the first time include the option for girls to wear shorts and pants.
The Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, announced the new "clear and concise" policy today at Condell Park Public School in Sydney.
Ms Berejiklian said the "modern makeover" would ensure that uniforms were practical and comfortable for students and affordable for parents.
The new policy says all students should have the opportunity to access the full range of school activities while wearing a school uniform, including physical activities, and girls must have the option to wear shorts and pants.
The Department of Education supports the wearing of school uniform to promote a sense of belonging for students and create a positive identity for the school community.
Each public school decides on its school uniform in formal consultation with students, school staff, parents and the school community.