Teachers' dress code (or lack of one)

(133 Posts)
ProudNeathGirl Fri 28-Sep-12 23:28:48

DD (17) was sent home from sixth form earlier this week to change, because the coloured jeans she was wearing didn't comply with the dress code for sixth form students, which is "business dress"..
Fair enough - but the teacher who sent her home was wearing a beach type dress and denim jacket. Said teacher was today wearing leggings (also against rules for students).
Any kind of piercings apart from plain studs in the ear are also not allowed, but there is a student support manager lower down the school with five piercings in his face.

I don't think this is fair. AIBU?

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 30-Jun-13 20:04:13

I wonder if there's a correlation between schools with staff dress codes and schools being graded as outstanding. We only looked at outstanding schools - all the staff we saw were professionally dressed - not necessarily very formally dressed in suits but they were presentable and relatively conservatively dressed.

kim147 Sun 30-Jun-13 20:08:17

I wouldn't count on it - but don't tell Gove.

orangeandemons Sun 30-Jun-13 20:13:17

I teach in a massive city comprehensive

Dress code is smart casual.

Head teacher wears maxi dresses and leggings. So do the staff

We are an Ofsted ( very recent under new criteria) outstanding school in every area there is to be judged on.

6th formers in suits is a joke.

It is not a business, nor a corporate institution. It is a collegiate place of teaching and learning. Therefore everyone needs to feel comfortable.

Staff in suits is stupid. Why?

orangeandemons Sun 30-Jun-13 20:14:15

Our results are also outstanding.

Corporate wear on schools is a load of bollocks

EvilTwins Sun 30-Jun-13 21:27:33

I've taught in my current school since 2004. It's gone from Satisfactory into Special Measures and back up again to Good. I've always worn a suit and amazing shoes. Oddly enough, it had no bearing on OFSTED's judgement.

PriyaKoothrappali Sun 30-Jun-13 22:42:36

Sorry, my point was about clothes not everything else.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 30-Jun-13 23:02:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MidniteScribbler Mon 01-Jul-13 02:02:42

We don't have a formal dress code for teachers, but I've not seen anyone looking inappropriate at work. I tend to wear long loose slacks most days and a variety of shirts/tops. I'll dress more formally when there are functions or parent-teacher nights on. Sometimes I wear a dressy maxi dress on a very hot day as it can get up to 40 degrees here in the summer. It's a beachside community (literally one street from the beach), so I do think that there is a slightly more casual vibe than you would find in an inner-city school.

Any parent that complained that we weren't wearing a suit would cop the eye roll. What do you expect us to wear when we're constantly moving around all day and sitting on the floor, kneeling, playing games, dancing, etc?

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