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To think that forciing children to wear thick blazers/jumpers...

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nomorequotes Mon 19-May-14 19:04:16 hot weather is a breach of human rights?

Why do schools have the right to tell our children to be uncomfortable at school?

CoffeeTea103 Mon 19-May-14 19:09:55

Breach of human rights? Ha.

MrsChickPea Mon 19-May-14 19:11:31

Ours don't have to wear the jumper when it's hot. But the blazer is a must! Though not all day. My DS comes out of school with his tie half way down, top button undone and the blazer is whipped straight off. It's horrible. I buy cotton shirts, but all the M&S shorts/trousers etc are mainly designed to make you sweat. As are the school jumpers and and blazers!

SconeRhymesWithGone Mon 19-May-14 19:12:51

Actually, I agree with you, OP. It amounts to physical punishment in my opinion, all the worse because they have done nothing to deserve it.

Needadvice5 Mon 19-May-14 19:12:58

It's the only thing I hate about DD's school....

SociallyAcceptableCookie Mon 19-May-14 19:16:30

YANBU. It's common sense to let children be comfortable.

SpeedwellBlue Mon 19-May-14 19:16:33

I think that's terrible. I would hate to be told I had to wear a blazer and jumper in boiling hot weather.

nomorequotes Mon 19-May-14 19:16:48

There is no reason for it.

Wantsunshine Mon 19-May-14 19:17:05

It does not get hot enough in the UK for wearing a blazer to really be an issue.

macdoodle Mon 19-May-14 19:17:07

I agree my DD has to wear thick tights or school trousers, both are thick and much too hot for this weather. Its ridiculous.

NeedsAsockamnesty Mon 19-May-14 19:24:53

Do all state schools do this?

SconeRhymesWithGone Mon 19-May-14 19:29:21

It does not get hot enough in the UK for wearing a blazer to really be an issue.

Are you serious? I have been uncomfortably hot several times on trips to the UK---and I live in Florida.

CountessVronsky Mon 19-May-14 19:29:49

My son's school blazer is literally like a blanket. He's frequently given an earful if seen without it on - it really pisses me off.

Today, it was hot enough to be an issue.

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 19-May-14 19:30:17


Dd has eczema. Being hot makes her itch and she rips herself to pieces.

If she couldn't take her jumper and blazer off she's literally be bleeding by the end of the day if not sooner.

Thank god primary school hasnt done this yet

GreenEyedGoblin Mon 19-May-14 19:34:20

YANBU. My ds's school uniform is navy with a light blue school-logo polo shirt. In hot weather they wear the polo shirt, navy shorts and navy sandals I wouldn't be happy with them being told to keep a jumper or blazer on at all and would complain to the school...or probably just tell the school I wouldn't risk them overheating and they would not be wearing it.

DogCalledRudis Mon 19-May-14 19:36:40

I don't agree with school uniforms in general, but this -- i think people who design useless and impractical things like that, deserve to get rotten vegetables thrown at (joking)

enderwoman Mon 19-May-14 19:37:11

At our school they let the kids wear polo shirts with no tie, blazer, shirt after May half term.
Totally disagree that the weather isn't hot enough that blazers are uncomfortable. Most adults are in T-shirts or short sleeves.

Dreamgirls234 Mon 19-May-14 19:37:15

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BookieTubules Mon 19-May-14 19:40:07

Don't blame "state schools": this is some schools and specifically, some headteachers. Hardly conducive to learning to be hot and uncomfortable, and I very much hope the teachers are subject to equally stringent rules.

OrangeMochaFrappucino Mon 19-May-14 19:41:31

As a teacher, I always allow students to take their jumpers off. The last thing I want is a room full of sleepy, uncomfortable, irritable kids! It's hardly conducive to learning. We don't have blazers but a previous school I worked in did have them Sept-April but then they were allowed to wear polo shirts instead for the summer term.

I don't know if it's a breach of human rights but it seems pointless and counter-productive to me.

(And it can get pretty hot in the UK - particularly in a room packed with 30 teenagers with the sun blazing through windows that only open an inch due to health and safety!)

ICanSeeTheSun Mon 19-May-14 19:43:51

Yanbu it is cruel to make children wear blazers and jumpers in an already hot class room.

indigo18 Mon 19-May-14 19:44:24

No cool teachers here; jacket on day for staff and blazer on day for pupils . can take them off in the classroom though.

Amy106 Mon 19-May-14 19:45:52

I agree. Each school should have a light weight, comfortable summer option as part of their uniform. It is not healthy to get all over heated and feel so miserable.

zoemaguire Mon 19-May-14 19:47:15

Wearing a jumper or blazer in 30 degree heat (not there yet this year but it does happen in the uk) is probably inviting heat stroke. I'd like to see a head teacher defending that to the local papers! Even not at that level, forcing children to be physically uncomfortable for no reason except a petty power trip is totally unacceptable imo. Why do schools think policies like this which treat kids like dirt will gain them respect?

RoseberryTopping Mon 19-May-14 19:48:57

Of course it can get bloody hot enough for it to be an issue! It might only be a small portion of the year but we do get some red hot days here.

I remember being in school and getting threatened with detention for not wearing a jumper during a heat wave. I took the detention!
I understand that children have to learn that sometimes you need to follow the rules even if you don't like them but I do think some common sense is needed. No one in their right mind would be wearing a jumper/blazer round here today.

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