Uniforms make you smarter

6th June 1997 at 01:00
Two councils have moved to reinforce school ethos this week by giving their backing to new school uniform policies, in the case of West Dunbartonshire following overwhelming endorsement by pupils as well as parents and staff.

A survey of all three groups backed the wearing of uniform on grounds ranging from standards and security to comfort and cost. All West Dunbartonshire schools will implement the policy from August but the choice of uniform will be left to a poll of pupils, parents and staff in each school.

The council will allow its schools to impose sanctions for refusing to wear the designated clothing, such as the withdrawal of privileges. But it expects distinctions to be made between pupils who are deliberately flouting the dress code and those whose families have financial problems.

No pupil is to be sent home or prevented from sitting exams because they are not wearing school uniform.

North Ayrshire has drawn up a dress code and expects schools to consult parents and pupils first. The council acknowledges that heads should have the power to take disciplinary action over "persistent non-compliance".

Both councils say that traditional blazers and shirts should not be ruled out but sweatshirts, polo shirts, T-shirts and scarves are also acceptable.

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