Parents and teachers generally like school uniform. But they often dislike the confrontations that can arise from uniform rules.
* Lay down the rules firmly to new pupils, but involve the students in a discussion about why parents and the school want them in uniform.
* Set an example with the way you dress.
* Display a copy of the rules in your classroom.
* Don't let a uniform dispute interrupt the lesson. Take it up at the end. If it becomes a serious confrontation, refer to senior management.
* Parents are almost always on your side with this, but if they challenge you, always refer the argument upwrds.
* Keep your own stock of "quick fix" materials such as spare ties and make-up remover. Don't force these on students, but they can be helpful once they've agreed to comply.
* If you have a good relationship with your tutor group, you should be able to resolve problems amicably - you'll be seen as keeping your group out of trouble rather than getting them into it.
* If teachers and tutors are continually involved in uniform disputes, the problem is likely to lie deeper within the ethos of the school. Make this point to management.
Next week: working with a classroom helper