I'm going to be starting a PGCE Primary with French at the Institute of Education, and I'm a bit lost as to what I should be wearing on placements. I remember there being a thread about clothes on a PGCE quite recently, but as far as I recall it had to do with women's fashion and didn't really concern male clothes. In the school where I did my observation placement prior to the interview, there were no male teachers, and obviously I don't remember what the one male teacher in my primary school wore. I did work in some French primary schools through the British Council where there were male teachers, but I got the impression overall from comparing what female teachers wear in the two countries that French teachers wore clothes that may be considered too casual for British standards. Equally, I can still remember high school and its teachers dressed in full-on suits, but I again realise that I shouldn't necessarily compare primary and secondary dress codes. Now, when I was doing my observation placement, I wore a shirt and trousers (on most days with a tie), except for one day where I was with a Reception class and wore something pretty casual due to expecting to be moving around a bit more (stripy long-sleeved tee/sweater, dark jeans and Converse trainers). I was therefore thinking about going for something informal or smart casual, basically not an all-out suit and tie, but at the very least a shirt and nice trousers, as well as a tie most likely. I would probably also include a tweed or courdroy jacket, or maybe a fancy sweater. For shoes, I would go for some smart brown or black shoes. So, the question is now: is what I'm picturing acceptable? Thanks in advance for your replies.