I’ve taught in a number of schools. Those without uniform felt better on the whole. I know it’s subjective but [I] never missed [there not being] a uniform in these schools.
As long as the policy isn’t overly strict and uniform is affordable, I’ve never seen a convincing argument against uniforms.
In my experience, it’s children from families facing immense challenges that don’t wear uniform because they’ve bigger issues to deal with, eg, money, disability, access to washing machine etc. As headteacher, I’ve had kids not start school till September because of no uniform.
Takes up too much [senior management] time trying to “enforce” rules – I’ve seen queues of learners outside [the depute headteacher’s] office on a Monday morning, some for wearing white-soled black shoes (instead of black-soled ones). In many cases I was just pleased the young person was in school.
It’s a distraction [that] reinforces messages of privilege and elitism when blazers, badges, braid and Latin mottos are involved. Why emulate these values in a comprehensive system?
I would be against if it wasn’t for the fact it prevents a designer-label competition in schools, where those who can’t afford these labels would be stigmatised.
Cost should be minimal. No fussy rules about suppliers, and adequate grants provided.
Uniforms/dress codes don’t mask differences in socioeconomic background (jewellery, shoes, bags); pupils already know who’s wealthy and who isn’t…[uniform creates] incongruence with efforts to personalise and individualise [and] echoes of military-style focus on discipline and control.
Promoting sense of identity may matter when trying to change a school culture, but [there are] other ways to do that. The avoidance of designer-labelism remains the only plausible pro, and again, [there are] ways around that.
It sets standards and reduces opportunities for pupils to be targeted by peers if they are not wearing big-name items of clothing, such as Nike/Adidas. School shirts, trousers and shoes can be bought cheaply from supermarkets and now with school logo included.
There’s uniform (blazers with piping) and uniform (shirt, tie, dark jumper/sweatshirt). So a simple vote is not that simple.
When you think of some of the negative issues happening in schools and then schools highlight that a child’s shoes are not completely black, do school managers realise how ridiculous they sound to many parents?