A grand excuse for a makeover

12th January 2007 at 00:00
Got the January blues? Treat yourself, enter our pound;1,000 Looking Good campaign. Hannah Frankel tells you how

Can you spot a teacher a mile away? Are they the ones wearing the practical all-weather jacket and the very sensible shoes? Or are they decked out in a shapeless cardigan with a long skirt that blends into the cigarette smoke?

Maybe it is because they are constantly on their feet, or maybe they just slowly and unconsciously turn into what their teacher used to look like, but either way teachers can be extremely good at looking bad in the classroom.

Jay Wright, 32, from West Town Lane Primary in Bristol, was named and shamed last August as Britain's worst dressed teacher.

The 32-year-old was nominated by his Year 6 pupils for being a "scruffy student teacher who wears his clothes in boring colours", beating stiff competition from four other short-listed teachers (all male) to snatch the much-coveted prize.

"I am not the best of dressers but I thought there must be someone worse,"

says Jay.

"I remember some of the teachers I had as a pupil, the ones who wore socks with sandals, clothes that revealed their varicose veins and the art teachers with very weird beads."

But fear not. The TES Magazine is on hand to prevent such fashion faux pas happening again. As part of our Looking Good campaign, we want to find a male and female teacher in need of a makeover. Each will receive pound;500-worth of clothing from John Lewis at its flagship store in Oxford Street, London. Professional make-up artists and the store's in-house personal stylists will also be on hand.

In addition, the winners will each be able to claim a hair cut, worth up to pound;66, at one of ToniGuy's leading hair salons in Soho, London, as well as a goody-bag stuffed full of hair care products by label.m, worth about Pounds 20 each

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