Tie the knot and the kids'll know you care

5th August 2005 at 01:00
For decades, tweed and leather were the last word in classroom chic. But a new range of natty neckwear shows teachers can move with the sartorial times.

The Ties for Teachers range is designed to advertise a teacher's specialism. For the history teacher, there is a silk version of the Bayeux Tapestry. Maths staff can choose a protractor and compasses motif, while PE teachers can sport tiny rugby players.

Martin Yeldham, a Lincolnshire PE teacher and joint founder of the venture, said: "Teachers are looked upon as staid. Anything that makes them more interesting grabs children's imagination."

Jason Pocklington, Mr Yeldham's business partner and a maths teacher at St Bede's Catholic Science college in Boston, Lincolnshire, says: "It conveys enthusiasm. Kids realise you must like your subject."

The next step will be scarves for female teachers.


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