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Get rid of ties and blazers!

Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol.  School uniforms is a topic that arises throughout the year and Lynne shares her thoughts and the desire to get on with teaching and learning (and maybe more holidays!).

Let's get rid of ties and blazers!

School uniforms have been in the news lately. Mr.Gove has said that schools must stop using particular suppliers for uniforms so that parents can shop around to get better deals. Opponents of this proposal claim that it is impossible to buy knee-length skirts in New Look and Primark.

One of the great joys of supply teaching is no longer having to belong to the uniform police. Girls come into the lessons I am covering, wearing skirts that they have to keep tugging at in order to cover their knickers. Boys arrive after break with muddy shoes, shirts hanging out and ties askew. I turn a blind eye and get on with the work in hand.

One of the great joys of supply teaching is no longer having to belong to the uniform police.

A few weeks ago I called the nice people at Protocol to tell them I was off on holiday (again). One morning I sat having breakfast in my hotel in Slovenia looking out of the window and watching the local youngsters making their way to school. They wore jeans and T shirts and sweaters and pumps or trainers, all the normal teenage stuff. Were they going to do their schoolwork less well than our pupils in their blazers and ties? Of course not.

I was in Slovenia but I could have been anywhere in Europe. Most of my modern language teacher colleagues have little time for school uniforms since we have spent time in European schools and know that wearing 'normal' clothes makes no difference to students' learning.

Furthermore, it just creates tension between staff and pupils and even between staff and staff. I used to hear "Why you goin' on at me about my nail varnish/mascara/earrings, Miss? Mr.So and So didn't say anything." Of course he didn't, he didn't even notice. (This should be an important life lesson for young women who think we wear all that stuff for the benefit of men).

So, if I had my way, uniforms and all the issues around them would be abandoned and we could just get on with teaching and learning.

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