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Dress codes for teachers

Discussion in 'Education news' started by loodle1, May 28, 2016.

  1. nervousned

    nervousned Senior commenter

    Business dress in my new professional job (which requires substantial training and exams) is less formal than my last teaching job but the same as my first in a sixth form college.
  2. enquiries2

    enquiries2 New commenter

    I was once told there might be a problem with my hair when I was about to start a long term supply cover. I had pink highlights at the time but the school didn't even seem bothered whether I could actually teach. The highlights were a great way of building instant rapport with the kids. This school was in special measures at the time - I think they should have been worrying about more important things...
  3. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

    Trust me, they weren't.
  4. ChristianSotto

    ChristianSotto New commenter

    For me teacher's are professional so you need to wear appropriate clothes
  5. enquiries2

    enquiries2 New commenter

    And they should also know how to use apostrophes. :p
  6. Futureleader

    Futureleader Occasional commenter

    I spy a business opportunity here. Tie exchange. I will happily have any of your unwanted (Subject specific or appropriately loud) ties. We can swap so that I can change my tie of the week. £2 for a 2 week loan?
    enquiries2 likes this.
  7. Futureleader

    Futureleader Occasional commenter

    All teachers should wear mortarboards. After all they always do in cartoons and comics (See Beano for example)
    enquiries2 likes this.
  8. enquiries2

    enquiries2 New commenter

    And they should carry guns - see my comedy routine for explanation on that one! :p
  9. 50sman

    50sman Lead commenter

    I see that most business and business outfitters are herald g the end of the tie - any thoughts on this?
  10. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Excellent news!
  11. blowswind

    blowswind Occasional commenter

    To repeat a previous question to a similar suggestion:

    Do you mean 'appropriate' or do you mean according to an outdated stereotype?
    minnie me likes this.
  12. drek

    drek Star commenter

    we are not treated as professionals. we are naughty children continuously being spied on, reviewed, improved, talked down to, patronised, standardised for the sake of providing evidence for everyone on lead points, responsible for anything and everything the non teaching staff, dfe idiots, and OFSTEd fascists can think of.

    We should dress appropriately..........any suggestions?
    schoolsout4summer likes this.
  13. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    Teachers wearing
    Bit difficult when you are wearing crop tops, jeans, shorts, shell suits and leggings with very short tunics that reveal all when you bend over, as staff in my previous school did. I don't agree with a suit, shirt and tie but I think if teachers wish to be taken seriously they should dress appropriately (men-chinos /shirt/jumper, women-trousers /skirts/ smart tops/sensible shoes) and not look like they are slobbing on the beach on their holidays.
    peter12171 likes this.
  14. blowswind

    blowswind Occasional commenter

    You need a suit to be taken seriously..

  15. singinintherain

    singinintherain New commenter

    I used to love wearing my uniform at school. It made me feel important.

    I currently work in a private school abroad and we all wear jeans and t.shirts. I love that too!
  16. Xericist

    Xericist New commenter

    I began my teaching as a PE teacher and had a dispensation to be tie-free.
  17. pennyh.

    pennyh. Occasional commenter

    I had my work clothes- jacket etc. - great for pockets, and then 'home clothes' I liked the change of being different after school, weekends and hols. and loved it when the day came to throw 'work clothes' in the bin.
    sockknittingtubes likes this.
  18. Compassman

    Compassman Star commenter

    There's a real snobbery in the U.K. regarding work clothes. Does it really matter what you wear?

    Mind you I now work at home and have been working in t shirt and shorts all week!
    catmother likes this.
  19. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    As open as our policy is we're not allowed to wear
    • 'Casual cardigans' no idea what that is.
    • No leggings, doesn't matter if they're plain, black and basically just thicker tights. I'd rather wear leggings than tights with a dress and all of my dresses are below the knee at least. Just feels more 'secure'? Tights are a pain but equally we have to wear black tights if dresses are worn.
    • No sandals, open toe or not.
    I'm sure there's a few others that are in there but I can't remember them exactly.
  20. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter


    Or possibly
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