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swirlycurly Sun 24-Mar-19 22:12:41

DD who's in year 7 is being put in the isolation room at school tomorrow for wearing the incorrect colour socks, white instead of black. She did do this two days in a row after being warned so I do think she should accept the punishment as she was warned. But AIBU to think this is a silly rule anyway? They seem to claim that having school uniform is setting them up for life and work yet what workplace is going to tell someone to work away from everyone facing a wall for the day because they wore the wrong colour socks? So why do schools feel the need to be so strict?

villagesecret Mon 25-Mar-19 11:52:24

She's 11, don't put the right socks out for her, doing that is poor parenting, good parenting would be making her understand that she, at 11/12 years old, needs to understand that the rule is she wears black socks so SHE needs to put black socks on or suffer the consequences.

Otherwise her next excuse will be you didn't put the right socks out for her or didn't put her socks out at all and how in God's name could an 11/12 year old be expected to get her own socks out.

christinarossetti19 Mon 25-Mar-19 11:55:50

The punishment seems very, very OTT. What on earth do they do with children who do something seriously wrong? Or deliberately flaunt rules?

notacooldad Mon 25-Mar-19 11:57:51

What difference does the colour of her socks matter to her education, what a stupid rule
You are missing the point.
You think it is a stupid rule, I fo and well and I guess a lot if people do as well but the point is it is a rule and she was given a warning. She chose to ' forget ' about the warning. That us the point.

DontCallMeCharlotte Mon 25-Mar-19 11:59:09


It's not about the colour of the socks.
Your daughter will not need to wear a certain kind of sock for a workplace environment no, but conforming in this way will teach her valuable skills.
She will be expected to consider herself a team player who is treated like everyone else with the same restrictions and benefits ( time off for certain reasons, leaving early etc) in this case uniform.
She will need to be respectful of her bosses who have made previous decisions and of her colleagues who work within these rules/ guidelines. In this case uniform.
She will need to represent an organisation/. company and understand how you present yourself and behave ( polite,interested in others etc) reflects on more than just you as an individual. In this case the school and uniform.
She will need to understand that if you make a mistake you will be spoken to and guided but if you ignore this advice there will be disciplinary action. In this case isolation for incorrect uniform.

In summary she will need to understand that disrespect for others and thinking the rules don't apply to her will make working life very difficult.

I really don't know why people think teachers just want to police petty rules. They are there for a reason and the reason is always the kids best interests whether it is safety or life skills.

You can complain about the silly rule but then wonder why your child isn't given a permanent contract at a company full of "silly. rules".

Sorry not to "bold" it all, but what this PP says is absolutely spot on. And whilst we shouldn't all be lemmings and follow each other off a cliff for the sake of following rules, complying and conforming are hardly the crimes of the century. It really winds me up when people think rebellious behaviour (which in so many cases is also "for the sake of it") is such a bloody virtue.

christinarossetti19 Mon 25-Mar-19 11:59:12

As a parent of a Y7, I wouldn't lay her clothes out for her, but I would suggest that she keep a pair of black socks in her school bag to avoid situations like this.

Because that's what I do with things that I need for work, but sometimes unintentionally forget.

outpinked Mon 25-Mar-19 12:02:06

Stupid rule, socks surely can’t even be seen.

BlueSky123456 Mon 25-Mar-19 12:08:09

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Cheeeeislifenow Mon 25-Mar-19 12:10:43

Why can't children just be comfortable? I would hate to sit in a Blazer all day as an adult.

WeepingWillowWeepingWino Mon 25-Mar-19 12:21:06

Dear God, I never wore a blazer at school (private girls school, 1980s), and have never worn one at work since. It's an outer garment so no need to wear it indoors, in schools that are frequently boiling hot in summer. Doesn't get hot enough? FFS, we had about a month of very hot weather the last couple of summers, with that set to continue.

That is mindless dronery taken to an extreme.

BlueSky123456 Mon 25-Mar-19 12:28:13

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AlecTrevelyan006 Mon 25-Mar-19 12:28:59

School uniforms should be scrapped

WeepingWillowWeepingWino Mon 25-Mar-19 12:37:11

then uniform, when enforced by idiots = mindless dronery.

wheretheydwell Mon 25-Mar-19 12:39:51

I think this is a very effective way for schools to ensure that pupils conform but do not respect the school or feel respected themselves

This! A thousand times this!

wheretheydwell Mon 25-Mar-19 12:42:19

It doesn't get hot enough in the UK for DC to have to remove their blazers. They are part of the uniform, and therefore should be worn at all times. On the one or two days per year we have exceptionally warm weather, permission can be given by teachers to remove in lessons

Oh for goodness sake what a pile of rubbish! Firstly, its not true that its only too warm for blazers on a couple of days a year, second, its so stupid to not allow people to regulate their own temperature by adding or removnig layers, and thirdly different people feel warmer or cooler in the same external temperatures which is why one rule for all is colossally stupid.

shesgrownhorns Mon 25-Mar-19 12:52:19

Agreed Reanimated !

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RhymingRabbit Mon 25-Mar-19 12:56:48

I went to a private school with a blazer as part of the uniform. We were NEVER expected to wear it indoors or in the playground at breaks.

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AnemoneAnenome Mon 25-Mar-19 12:58:16

"It ceases to be a uniform is you allow the pupils to remove everything at will."

No one's saying they can strip naked! Children all over the country manage to wear uniform without being in a blazer at all times. I really doubt these children are any less respectful or disciplined than children at schools with arcane, outdated rules. They can probably concentrate a bit better in class though, and are less likely to lose school days to migraines.

BlueSky123456 Mon 25-Mar-19 13:02:52

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SleepingStandingUp Mon 25-Mar-19 13:03:05

It doesn't get hot enough in the UK for DC to have to remove their blazers
So sorry mistress of my body temperature, exactly how hot does it need to be for you to consider it hot enough?

And factor in large glass windows or not enough open windows and 30 kids in a small classroom not all wearing deodorant and personal variations

I rarely wore mine in the Summer because once it got to 20°C or so, that was hot enough for me to be in just a blouse. Others would still have their jumper and blazers on. I remember doing GCSE's in the hall in sweltering heat.

morallowground Mon 25-Mar-19 13:05:03

It doesn't get hot enough in the UK for DC to have to remove their blazers

Do you wore an outer coat all through the heat wave last summer yeah? hmm

Whatafustercluck Mon 25-Mar-19 13:05:43

If my ds did this, I'd say I agreed with him it was a daft rule, but it's a rule nonetheless and he knew he was breaking it. I'd explain that the reason children are punished when they break the rules is because, having done so, it sends a message to everyone else that's it's optional and therefore no longer a rule. Kids can't go through life thinking they don't need to abide by the rules. If they disagree with the rules, then they should focus on trying to change them instead.

Acis Mon 25-Mar-19 13:06:06

BlueSky, were you in the UK last summer? It started hitting 26 degrees in late May and continued at very high temperatures, right through to the end of the summer term and beyond. If you think that children who are made to wear blazers in those temperatures are able to learn effectively you must have your own temperature control problems.

Acis Mon 25-Mar-19 13:09:11

Why does a child need to remove their blazer in a maths lesson in November? They don't and it's part of the uniform, so it should stay on.

Some schools don't regulate their heating systems properly. If pupils are too hot and uncomfortable to work effectively in a blazer, and are wearing uniform shirts or blouses, how on earth would there be a problem in allowing them to take the blazer off?

As a matter of interest, if your child had sensory difficulties which made wearing blazers torture to him, would you ask the school to make reasonable adjustments for him?

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