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How would you change your school rules?

School playground

A survey has found loads of teachers reckon schools have too many rules about health and safety.

But what do you think about your school's rules? Is there anything you'd change?

Maybe you think there are so many rules that you can't get enjoy lessons. Are you banned from running in the playground or playing conkers?

Or do you reckon the rules are there for a reason, and you're happy because they keep you safe?

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Your comments

"I think it is silly to ban running because I play football and tag."

Christopher, 10, Hampshire, England

"I would change the rules and allow all schools to have pets like dogs because I love class pets!"

Sarah, 13, New Zealand

"I would ban homework."

Greg, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think that we should have half-an-hour more golden time and the senior girls should be able to wear grey knee-high socks in the summer like the juniors instead of black tights."

Lauren, 10, France

"I think we should have a lunchtime where we can do whatever we want and have more lessons involving creativity. I also think school uniform should be kept or people will be bullied because of what they wear."

Sophie, 11, Maidstone, England

"I think teachers should let you go to the toilet or a get a drink during a lesson because it's not going to effect your education and if the teachers can go out of the classroom for a bit why can't we?"

Laura, 12, London, England

"I think we should be allowed chewing gum as long as it doesn't get dropped on the floor, shorter school days (9.15am till 2.15pm not 8.50am till 3.30pm) and we should be able to wear trainers, not boring old school shoes!!!!"

Happyhop, 11, Bristol, England

"At school we aren't allowed to throw snowballs so I think that should change. They're just too strict."

Kate, 10, Cornwall, England

"I think that in high school you shouldn't have to wear ties and blazers since they are uncomfortable in summer time. Plus, the top button rule is really stupid, it hurts your neck and makes you feel sick. I also think that the plain socks rule should go. Who cares what colour socks you are wearing, they are socks after all."

Eve, 12, London, England

"I think pupils have a right to wear make-up. I don't see how it affects your learning if you are applying it in non-lesson times! Teachers encourage you to be independent and individual, however they make you look like everyone else in school with no make-up and school uniforms."

Naomi, 13, Salisbury, England

"Instead of kids having horrible hard chairs to sit on I would make it so we had sofas instead, or at least padded chairs like the teachers'."

Chloe, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"We should be able to wear our own clothes, wear make-up, less lessons and more fun - that's my idea!"

Chels, 11, Manchester, England

"I would be able to bring mobiles, iPods and have NO school uniform. If someone wore their uniform they would be arrested."

Beth, 11, Oxford, England

"I would let the children have five hours of play then one hour for paint balling."

Jonbo, 9, Lincolnshire, England

"I think that English schools have too many rules. In France we get to wear clothes that we want to and wear make-up. I don't like the rule banning chewing-gum in class because it helps me think!"

Amy, 13, France

"I'm at boarding school and we have to go to school on a Saturday which I hate so I would just have school Monday to Friday!"

Ron, 13, Surrey, England

"Our school has a horrible uniform (blazer, tie, shirt, shorts, flat cap) and I would get rid of that or at least just get a polo shirt and sweatshirt like a lot of other schools!"

Mark, 12, Newcastle, England

"I would let students wear makeup and nail varnish."

Steph, 14, Herts, England

"I would change my school rules by making every Friday a non school uniform day."

Melissa, 14, Wales

"I would like my school to start an hour earlier then we can go home earlier. I also think school dinners should be served on proper plates with proper cutlery."

Phoebe, 11, Lincolnshire, England

"I would ban uniforms and I'd let everyone do whatever they want at school. I hate school rules!"

Tash, 11, Surrey, England

"The only thing I would change about our school rules is that we don't have to wear blazers in summer, as we get too hot and can't learn properly."

Nina, 13, Halifax, England

"I think that there are too many rules about safety and they get in the way of stuff. We aren't allowed to do three-legged races or the sack race anymore at sports day, which is just so horrible!!"

Claire, 11, Chester, England

"I think we should have no uniform, or a nicer uniform with other trousers."

Lucy, 12, London, England

"We should be allowed to have more free-time and have lessons outside."

May, 10, London, England

"I wouldn't really change rules. They're fine as they are."

Lucy, 11, Luton, England

"I would make children wear their own clothes and children would be allowed to take in games every day."

James, 11, Cheshire, England

"I would like to be able to listen to headphones in class during work as it helps me concentrate and blocks out the noise around me. I get very distracted. I don't see why we shouldn't be allowed to be honest because if we are still doing our work then what's the problem?"

Hannah, 13, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

"I would get rid of uniforms. The kids could do whatever they want and they would be allowed to bring in electronic games!"

Tash, 11, UK

"I think some rules are fine and should stay the same, but some rules we should get rid of. We should be allowed to do whatever we want, like wearing our jumpers around our waists!"

Dana, 9, Portsmouth, England

"I think that we should have more drama, art and information lessons so we can enjoy school a lot more."

Nadia, 12, County Durham, England

"I would change school rules, first I would like to eat snacks in class but I would make sure that everyone would put litter in the bins and I would like mobile phones permitted in class and school."

Claudia, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think we should be allowed to wear our own clothes to school. Also primary schools should let kids bring phones to school."

Trudi, 11, Kent, England

"We should be able to choose what lessons we want to do.

Rachel, 12, Birmingham, England

"We should not have ties!!!"

Isabella, 12, Hertfordshire, England

"I think that we should have two weeks of school and then one week off. I also agree with no-uniforms and we should be allowed to have our hair dyed, and we should have red or yellow school bags not just white, grey or black!"

Hannah, 11, London, England

"I want to bring more expensive gadgets to school like iPods and games consoles. Just make sure they don't get stolen!"

Matthew, 10, Northampton, England

"I would scrap rules that prevent children from being children. We won't progress or learn our own lessons if we are bound by overprotective rules."

Conor, 14, Fife, Scotland

"In our school at lunch we have to eat in silence for five minutes. I would change it so we can be noisy when we eat our lunch and get a canteen!"

Katherine, 10, Slough, England

"I think we should be allowed to do the same things as teachers. They are allowed to wear make-up, have fancy hairstyles, wear shoes other than black ones and drink things other than plain water. We should be able to do the same."

Milly, 13, Oldham, England

"Well, I don't agree with play all day but I reckon we should be allowed to take our ties and blazers off without getting in trouble!"

Zoe, 12, UK

"We should get Fridays off too, give us a break from school!"

Rosie, 11, Dartford, England

"I think we should change the fact that we have to wear school uniform so we get to wear our own clothes like the American kids!

Jack, 11, London, England

"I think we should be allowed to wear whatever coloured socks we want unless it's an important occasion. The rest of our uniform is immaculate so we should be allowed some individuality."

Kate, 12, York, England

"I would ask children what job they want to do. Then they stick to that job and do lessons based around it, instead of wasting time on the lessons you don't need."

Jasmine, 10, York, England

"I would want to be able to have a personal laptop, a snack bar and for lunch coke and crisps and chocolate, yum!"

Miranda, 9, Glasgow, Scotland

"HOMEWORK!!! It's more than enough having to survive six hours and 20 minutes in school and then having more pointless work to do. Honestly, when you go home it's supposed to be a relaxing end to the day!!!"

Rubie, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"I think that girls should be allowed to wear make-up and be able to dye their hair. Also take off the internet ban!"

Shannon, 12, Kent, England

"Rules are rules. School rules are not at all harsh. We have to get used to them because in the future there will be many more rules to cope with."

Daniella, 14, London, England

"We should be allowed to chew gum and wear our trousers baggy, because in my school, you are not allowed to do this."

Bradley, 12, Bristol, England

"I would let us have chewing gum and wear our own clothes."

Emily, 12, Herts, England

"I wouldn't change the length of the day, but I would change it so no-one goes to school on a Friday!!!!!! I would also like to have fizzy drinks and sweets allowed. If we can't have fizzy drinks, why can't we have squash? No squash is a silly rule."

Gemma, 11, Bristol, England

"I think we should get rid of the school rules and we can do what we like!!!"

Tegan 10, Wales

"At our deputy head's old school they weren't allowed to run around on the playground in case they fell over and the parents might get annoyed! How silly is that?!"

Georgia, 10, Birmingham, England

"I would make it so that school would be a fun place to be. And to learn. There would be NO maths or spelling or even grammar. More sport and fun activities."

Mikaela, 12, Warwick, Australia

"I think i-Pods should be allowed, because it's different with every teacher."

Meabh, 12, Dublin, Ireland

"I would let portable games consoles be allowed at break and lunchtime."

Rory, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think that my school is too strict, because we aren't allowed phones at break or lunch and we can't wear our skirts more than 5cm above our knee. We have to have our blazers on all the time too."

Georgie, 13, Solihull, England

"My school is well strict - you can't have your sleeves rolled up!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Adam, 11, York, England

"I would change things to do some studying in the morning and in the afternoon do lots of fun things like golden time and cooking as a reward from the studying in the morning. And the people who do not try at all in the morning do not get to do fun things in the afternoon."

Demi, 8, Leicester, England

"I think we should still have rules, but we should have more classes that nurture creativity."

Fiona, 9, Massachusetts, USA

"I would change the rules by asking the school council."

Charlotte, 8, Northampton, England

"My school doesn't allow friendship bands. Imagine breaking up with your friends just because you went to school! Also, we should make our own timetable. I just don't want to do PE when I could be doing maths, science & ICT!"

Tom, 11, London, England

"I would have no blazers and that you can wear your tie as low as you want. School would be two hours shorter and after school detention wouldn't exist."

Iqra, 12, Burnley, England

"I think they are strict enough so they shouldn't change the school rules. However, if the government think we should, well that's their choice."

Aneesa, 11, Bradford, England

"What I would change about the school rules is that there would be no homework."

Carly, 12, Aberdare, Wales

"Our school lets us use the vending machines, have our hair down and you have the option to go outside or stay in, or go out onto the field at break and lunch times. I wouldn't really change the rules, but I would make it so that we are allowed to wear our jackets indoors because it's sometimes freezing in class!"

Emily, 13, Swansea, Wales

"I'd change nothing as we come to school to get an education and make good friends, so having all these rules changed will distract us!"

Zahra, 11, London, England

"I wouldn't change the rules. They are what keep us safe. I personally think that having all-day play would be a disaster. It would mean no education."

Abbie, 11, Middlesbrough, England

"That girls and boys should be able to wear whatever earrings they want instead of just gold or silver studs."

Charlotte, 12, Offerton, England

"I think schools shouldn't have any uniform and that we should start school at 10am and finish at 2pm."

Lauren, 12, Birkenhead, England

"I would change my school rules by getting everyone to wear non-school uniform, getting a pool built in the school, getting everyone to do PE for an hour every day and to have lockers and keep the school clean and give detentions to anyone that annoys me! :)"

Lucy, 11, Ramsgate, England

"I'd get rid of the school uniform policy. There's no individuality so it kind of ruins peoples learning."

Chloe, 10, Bristol, England

"I think that the students should get a say in what the uniform looks like and I also think that we should be allowed make-up."

Sophie, 12, Newcastle, England

"I'd ban homework, maths, English, science, geography, detention, uniform and have only two hours of school with half playtime and half PE."

Rory, 11, Worthing, England

"I think they should do more activities, because my school have not even done one sports day and sometimes PE gets cancelled."

Taz, 11, Liverpool, England

"I think schools should get rid of uniform and if they aren't going to I think they should just have polo shirts and jumpers. Our school isn't that strict, but you're not allowed a drink in class and I think you should be!"

Kira, 9, Sheffield, England

"Well, I think that school rules should not change because they keep us safe and good, but I would like to take my phone to school!!"

Zainab, 11, West Yorkshire, England

"My school is really strict about health and safety! They even banned the high jump at sports day and you can't sit where you want at lunchtime, a dinner lady tells you where to sit."

Fionnuala, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I'd get rid of uniforms because I hate it. I'd also let people wear headphones in break and at lunchtime. Also maybe in lessons if they weren't stopping them from doing their work."

Merryn, 12, Birmingham, England

"We shouldn't get rid of them, rules are what keep us safe and stops us doing bad things."

Catherine, 10, Bolton, England

"I would allow vending machines in school and make school only two hours long for three days a week."

Rhianne, 14, London, England

"I'd get rid of the school blazers. No one really wears them anyway, and teachers and staff waste their time shouting at pupils to put them on. When it is a hot day, not being able to take of your blazer is awful."

Laura, 14, Leeds, England

"I would do a number of things like wear normal clothes and wear our hair down and make school hours shorter like 12 to two."

Rebecca, 11, West Lothian, Scotland

"I think we should be able to were whatever we want and we can have longer playtimes and easier work also we could have chewing gum."

Naomi, 12, Bristol, England

"I think my school should have less Maths, English, Science and more Music and more Drama. I also think that we should have more school trips and that the cafe should have sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks in it."

Hinna, 12, Surrey, England

"I would have no uniform, everyone can wear T-shirts and jeans every Friday. It would be 'do whatever you like day' where the children never get told off. Also I would let the children go out with their friends to cafes instead of school dinners and sandwiches. Finally every Thursday there would be no school!"

Natalie, 10, Nottingham, England

"I would make the rules more flexible and I'd make them better so our learning is better."

Morgan, 7, Sheffield, England

"I would change the rules so there is a lift for my school because there are more than 100 steps including the one to get into the school from the playground!"

Nahida, 11, London, England

"I would change the rule so you have to go outside at break and at lunch."

Charlotte, 14, Leicestershire, England

"I would ban all homework, detentions and only allow 1 lesson- PE!"

Amy, 14, Preston, England

"I would like to change my school rules to have playtime 15 times a day."

Sophie, 10, Chesterfield, England

"I would change the short sleeves uniform so we could wear whatever I wanted"

Tyiane, 10, London, England

"We shouldn't get rid of them, rules are what keep us in order. Everyone that says we should "play all day" are wrong - education matters."

Gemina, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"I'd let girls wear their hair down."

Amy, 12, Surrey, England

"I think there should be more playtime, more desserts, less work and well everything."

Silvia, 9, Somerset, England

"I think we should ban detentions and get all day play!"

Ciara, 9, Berkshire, England

"I think schools need to allow children to bring in electronic games!!"

Louis, 10, Liverpool, England

"I think we should have vending machines because then we can put healthy or non healthy food in there and there will be hardly any lines."

Rianna, 12, London, England

"We should be able to eat inside and not be forced to go outside when it is 45+ degrees!"

Georgia, 13, Dubai, UAE

"We should be allowed chewing gum."

Zak, 11, Blackpool, England

"Longer morning playtime."

Gurpreet, 8, Staffordshire, England

"I think that they should allow Pokemon cards in school."

Joe, 14, Kentucky, USA

"I would change the rule about no electronics in school. I don't think it's fair that you can't bring them in and use them at playtime with your parents' permission. That would make things a lot better."

Katie, 10, Scotland

"I think my school is being a little harsh as we aren't allowed to run anywhere except in the sports hall. During lunchtimes we can only eat in a particular place and we have to clean up plates by ourselves."

Nancy, 11, Bangkok, Thailand

"I would take off the blocker on the internet and ban detentions."

Alex, 12, Surrey, England

"We should have no work at all and be allowed to play all day!"

Andrea, 10, Northern Ireland

"We should be allowed vending machines in schools!!"

Rodney, 13, Sheffield, England

"I think school rules are stupid. We should do what we want!"

Jaime-Lee, 9, Aberdeen, Scotland