The Sentinel from Staffordshire is reporting that all teachers at a primary school have agreed to new teacher uniforms and dress code in an attempt to help raise pupils’ expectations…
Teachers have no excuse for looking scruffy in lessons after their school became one of the first in England to introduce a staff uniform.
All 40 members of staff at Sandon Primary, in Meir, now wear their black and white uniform with pride.
And the school dress code extends to them having to sport sensible haircuts, cover up any tattoos and avoid fancy jewellery.
Sandon introduced the changes to help raise pupils’ expectations and show them it was important to look smart.
But while teachers at other schools may balk at the thought of wearing a uniform, everyone at Sandon has agreed to the changes.
They have each been given two free outfits, using the school budget.
The tops, which feature the Sandon logo, are even stocked at the same school uniform shop as the pupils’ outfits.
Deputy headteacher Lizzie Kiddle said: “It feels good to wear it. You do feel more professional. And if you look professional, the children respect you more.
“Staff don’t have to wear the uniform. But everyone has chosen to wear it. It also means children can clearly identify a member of staff.”
The staff uniform includes a white shirt or blouse, which features the logo, or a branded black top. They also wear black or grey trousers or skirts and a black cardigan, jumper or suit jacket.
Male staff are also expected to wear a tie in lessons, although polo shirts are allowed in warm weather. Polo shirts are worn for PE too.
Year 6 teacher Liz Dale said: “We have to get changed for PE, just like the children. I was really pleased to have a uniform. It gives you a sense of belonging to the school.”
The staff uniform is different to the one worn by pupils, who have maroon sweatshirts.
But youngsters have been so impressed with their teachers’ commitment that there are no longer any issues with pupils flouting uniform rules.
Eleven-year-old Paige Johnson, from Meir, said: “I remember when some teachers wore flashy clothes. I’ve got to say I like them wearing a uniform. I’m no longer jealous.”…
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