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Overheard in the staffroom

The TES online forums are a hotbed of debate. Here is just a taste of what users are saying this week. Join the discussion at: www.tes.co.ukstaffroom

SHOULD STAFF WEAR UNIFORM?

Vicky Pollard: "Yes, yes, the possibilities are endless ... we could dress according to our subject ... History teachers in the right outfit for the period they are teaching. - in my school that would be the old Nazi uniform most of the time. Geography - grass skirts, Eskimo outfits..."

Old Cheese: "If you want a uniform, and as we are now an all- graduate profession, bring back the gown!"

Gracilus: "Can we have epaulettes, or pips on our collars showing rank? We could, of course, rather like McD's have stars for every skill mastered (or rather trained for) eg behaviour, pastoral, planning etc" ANOTHER GOODY EAR FOR THE TEACHING UNIONS

Anotherdapplefan: "What a fantastic year! Great trips abroad, protesting against some non-teaching issues like world poverty, the Kyoto treaty and the number of stripes on zebras. We've managed to get away with doing nothing on pensions, nothing on teaching assistants, have managed to keep the pay cuts for managers on track and kept salaries low. Hurrah for the unions!"

Fgirl: "The Thatcher years changed unions from official-led to groups which had to be seen as democratic, with ballots for office and action. That shifted responsibility and we - the members - couldn't sit back and leave all decisions to our union leaders. It means we have to be responsible and involved."

These comments are the personal opinions of individual contributors

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