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.