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Dress codes for teachers

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

  1. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Now browsing that website - they have some gorgeous dresses. A bit cheaper than the gravitational waves one as well.
  2. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    I love the material, I could make a dress like that....

    Damn, I will have to hunt the fabric down, and get cracking with a sewing machine.. It will take me ages.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. MrMatthewBracewell

    MrMatthewBracewell New commenter

    the problem with that idea is that in less affluent areas the uniform is the great equalizer, ensuring that bullying about cheap clothes trainers etc doesn't take place. The expectation for many is that they will enter a work environment with some form of uniform policy so the school uniform is a chance for students to develop good habits for caring for their clothes.
    schoolsout4summer likes this.
  4. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    You do know that we no longer have conscription, don't you Mr Bracewell?
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  5. lulu57

    lulu57 Lead commenter

    I always go to work fully dressed...that's a start, isn't it?;)
    sabrinakat, drek and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  6. blowswind

    blowswind Occasional commenter

    1. The uniform has no impact on bullying. It merely shifts attention to what shoes they are wearing, what bag they have and the logo on their coat/jacket/hat.
    2. The expectation for many is they will enter a work environment with no uniform but an expectation of wearing appropriate clothing (like teachers for example).
    3. "Students developing good habits for caring for their clothes"... Have you met any teenagers? :D:D
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. Martial_Artiste

    Martial_Artiste New commenter

    I don't think a tie should be compulsory.

    I'm not sure how many kids appreciate thongs on show when staff kneel/lean forward - I know I don't!
    schoolsout4summer likes this.
  8. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Then don't look !
  9. mrsbaggins

    mrsbaggins New commenter

    Does no one else feel that the parents take you more seriously if you dress in "business attire"?
    peter12171 likes this.
  10. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    minnie me and catmother like this.
  11. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    ....and students, who can be very conservative and certainly disdain over casual, trendy, too youthful dress, but respect a more 'middle of the road' look.
    sparklepig2002 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  12. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Collar and tie for men.
    Short skirts and high heels for ladies.
    Smart, not tart.
  13. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Depends on the school (& parents?), but generally 'yes'.
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  14. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Yes - I have seen this happen.
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    In my experience... yes.
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  16. PeterQuint

    PeterQuint Lead commenter

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  17. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I'll add another 'yes' to this. It was also pointed out to us on our training a few years ago on several occasions that 'you are professionals, you should dress professionally'.
    sparklepig2002 likes this.
  18. blowswind

    blowswind Occasional commenter

    Interesting. What would that 'professional' dress look like?

    A nurses outfit? Sports kit? Painter and Decorator? A Writer? Health & Safety Inspector?

    Hold on kids while I change into my professional outfit for the next lesson...

    Or is it that your training taught you that you are expected to look like a Car Salesman in order to convey a "professional" image?
  19. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    Obviously it would depend on the profession, but I would say that the philosophy behind that statement was that a teacher needs to command respect in the classroom - or, to put it a different way, to have a 'presence'. Some people will be able to do that however they are dressed; I would suggest that most teachers have struggled with the 'presence' idea, especially at the start of their careers. Anything that assists that, including the way they dress, should be used.

    I guess it also brings up the question 'what is a professional?'. Traditionally professional careers have been seen as those that need further training, such as doctors, lawyers and teachers. Many people would expect people in such trades to dress in a particular way, which would probably be termed 'business dress'.
  20. blowswind

    blowswind Occasional commenter

    If you feel a suit will give you the presence and respect required to be an effective teacher you're better suited to a different career (perhaps on Savile Row).

    The notion that the clothes you wear and the car you drive etc. etc. convey your worth is in my opinion an old fashioned value that ought to be challenged not encouraged. I prefer a more genuine basis for respect.
    bertiehamster likes this.

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