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Pupils bring back school uniforms
Pupils wearing school uniforms
School uniform is making a come back
An Edinburgh school which was one of the first in the country to reject traditional education has brought back the school uniform.

Pupils at Craigroyston Community High School have voted to wear a uniform.

In the early 70s, the school rejected traditional education. Staff called the pupils students and use of the belt was stopped before it became illegal.

However, a leading education expert linked the return of the uniform to "Nazi youth" culture.

'Competitive costs'

Margaret Russell, Craigroyston Community High School's headteacher, said school uniform had been welcomed at the school since it was implemented in August.

She said: "In a way I thought we would have a bigger problem enforcing it (uniform).

"There are very few people who are not in dress code, but we do have a fall-back position as they can go to the home economics department where there are a set of uniforms ready for people who don't have them.

"The cost, I think, used to be a problem but nowadays many of the big stores are producing uniforms at very competitive costs, so for parents often it is now the cheapest option."

'Think the same'

However, Professor Sheila Riddell of the Moray House faculty of education at Edinburgh University said there were some concerns about uniforms.

She said: "The reason that uniform is not popular in continental Europe is that it does still have associations with Nazi youth.

"Making everyone look the same can of course be associated with making everyone think the same.

"Whilst we want to have discipline in schools, we certainly don't want to be bringing up a generation of Nazi youth."

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