Termly uniform check

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Should children be strictly checked for the correct uniform? I am still undecided.

I can completely understand having a uniform in schools: it gives a sense of community; there’s no discrimination; it looks smart. I know that children (sometimes parents) can push the limits and see what they can get away with at school. I use to do it.

However, in a primary school I’m not convinced that there should be strict uniform check every half term. Today, we had one. Instead of the deputy head, surveying their uniform, class teachers were asked. I had explain the main rules about uniforms:
– hair that is longer than the shoulders need to be up and out of eyes (fair enough due to possible little creatures crawling around)
– no jewellery except studs and a watch (I am a bad example of this with lots of bracelets and piercing but I’m the teacher)
– skirts below the knee ( I agree)
– black shoes (no open toes, heels, boots or trainer like shoes)
– ankle socks that go over the ankle (only specific colours)
– no nail varnish

I totally agree with all these uniform rule. I just felt like I was humiliating the children as they had to form a straight line in front of me; hold up their arms and show fingers; kneel on the floor to check skirts hit the ground; check sock lengths and colours. Those children who did not conform were send to the deputy head.

Is school turning into the military?

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