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12 March 2014

Ofsted's recently launched campaign to improve dress standards in the classroom has claimed its first victim. An inner city school in London has been reprimanded for having scruffy teachers whose "attire is too casual and does not promote high professional standards or expectations". There has been the expected reaction that one's focus should be on results not clothes, but is that right? Teachers are role models to their pupils and given the impact they undoubtedly have, instilling a strong ethos around the importance of appropriate dress is a must. After all, presentation is an important quality in most workplaces and any opportunity to demonstrate this is a good thing. Teachers who dress scruffily do not pass on that message to their pupils. And let’s face it, these days young people have enough challenges already when it comes to finding employment.

Ofsted's policies are not always popular, but this one is perhaps a victory for common sense and modern values.

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