Emma Seith

‘Fashion arms race’ or freedom of expression?

Either way, educators appear to back school dress codes despite criticism of their cost

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School uniform is not about education, it is about control. That is the view of University of Stirling professor Mark Priestley, a leading expert on curriculum studies. School uniform has also come under fire for wasting the time of the senior management teams that have to deal with infractions; for suppressing individuality and creativity; and for being a burden on disadvantaged families.

MSPs investigating the effects of poverty on learning have heard that “unnecessary fripperies” on elaborate school uniforms are pricing out disadvantaged pupils – a trend that led to much criticism online ...

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