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School leaders shouldn’t be afraid to show some flare

Teachers should not be frowned upon for wearing unconventional attire – what we wear is our own business, argues Mike Fairclough

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Close your eyes and conjure up the image of a successful and effective headteacher.

It’s likely that you have imagined a woman or a man wearing a conventional suit, with a neat haircut and shiny black shoes.

But does dressing in a traditional manner raise academic standards within a school and lead to exemplary behaviour in its pupils?

To answer that, let’s go back 22 years, to when I got my first teaching job. The boisterous Year 6 children in the school in Slough had destroyed numerous teachers before me. Supply staff refused to teach the class and the school was struggling to find anyone ...

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