http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-...et-teacher-naughty-pupil-wearing-tie-workwear I've just read today's secret teacher article and I have to say that when I was at school I absolutely hated wearing a tie, especially in hot weather. However as a female we had the option of an open neck blouse in the summer, whereas boys often have no such privilege and have to swelter through hot days with ties and top buttons done up (although granted there probably aren't too many of these in the UK given the typical British weather!). I actually find it harder to concentrate if it is hot and I'm not dressed in cool clothing. I know that ties are often expected in the private sector but offices generally have air conditioning etc. In schools staff are often lucky if they have the use of a plug in fan! So, is it sexist to expect boys and men to struggle with ties when it is seen as acceptable for women and girls to wear cooler attire in the summer?