Today we have another guest post from “The Teach” Guy Jones. In previous postings we’ve talked about dressing for success and also dressing for the right place at the right time to help separate work like from home life. What happens if the same principles are applied to schools?
Many people argue the importance of dressing in an appropriate way at work. In business, the way people dress can set a strong first impression and, in many ways, reflect the way in which people work. In much the same way, many continue to debate the relative merits of school uniform.
The DSCF strongly encourages schools to have a uniform to instill pride and support positive behavour. They argue that it helps to build an identity with, and support for, the school ethos. I would second this view. Wearing a uniform protects children from social pressures to dress in a particular way. It helps nurture cohesion and promotes good relations between different groups of pupils. Above all, many schools believe that school uniform supports effective teaching and learning.
So why do so many not want to wear it then? It has to be said that most school uniform is outdated and unfashionable. In what setting, for example, do woman ever where ties outside of an education environment? Many schools have recently found that adopting a more fashionable business -like dress code has had a dramatic effect on both school morale and general behavour. Perhaps this can be put down to current fashions, or that powerful, successful business people may be becoming role models. For whatever reason, pupils feel valued and inspired.
Anything that can be seen to motivate and raise the aspirations of young people in this way must be worthwhile.