Feedback the designs and compare different groups' ideas.
Get the class to try and imagine how the teachers may feel about their new uniforms.
Now tell the class that the teachers have gone on strike. The uniform has not gone down well. The teachers have all walked out. They won't come back until a new uniform has been offered.
The students have to start again. This time they have to plan how they will involve the teachers in the design process. How will the uniform differ if the people who wear it are consulted?
Students devise a new uniform for the school. They decide who will be consulted about the design and who will have the final say on how it looks.
The design must fit the following criteria:
- Uses safe materials
- Can be made to fit all shapes and sizes
- Everyone can afford it
- Should not go out of fashion
3. Extension activity
Return to the original teacher uniform designs.
Students think of five things that the teachers are most likely to object to.
For each of these points they must try to revise their design to overcome it.
Is it possible to have a dress code or uniform that everyone in a school likes?
How could teachers help students express their identity but still wear a uniform?
What most needs changing in their dress code?
5. Teachers' background
- Schools are entitled to insist that pupils wear a particular uniform. The uniform must be reasonable and can not discriminate on the grounds of sex or race.
- If a student is continually sent home for having the wrong uniform their guardian or parents can be prosecuted.
- Pupils in Fife have been told any pupil opting to wear a shell suit is likely to be
banned from taking part in science class experiments and given written work instead.
- Pupils at a Warwickshire school protested against plans for a uniform that they said would destroy the relaxed atmosphere at their school. Dozens of teenagers at Trinity Catholic Technology College in Royal Leamington Spa missed their first lesson in protest.
- The school is introducing a uniform ending a tradition of casual clothing.
- A ballot of pupils at the Wester Hailes Education Centre produced a 2-1 vote in favour of adopting a dress code at the school for the first time in its 23-year history. Head teacher Alex Wood said: "Six months ago I was approached by some of our second-year pupils.
- "There was some bullying and name-calling going on around who was wearing what kind of clothes, and whether they were brand name or cheap.
- "Their view was that some uniform system would reduce that."
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