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If it was down to you, would you want your child to wear a blazer?

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MrsJamin Sun 22-Dec-13 14:37:04

I personally don't like them at all but am interested what others think as I'm on a group deciding school uniform for a Secondary school. Are there any manufacturers that make comfortable ones? Would it put you off a school or make you excited if they didn't have a blazer?

miss600 Thu 09-Jan-14 11:08:55

First world issues [hmmm]

Thants Mon 06-Jan-14 23:52:04

I don't think we should have uniforms at all but blazers are awful. They look silly. Are uncomfortable and impractical. They aren't very warm in winter and are too hot in summer.
They cost a lot so are a difficult item for some families to buy which is wrong.

ICantFindAFreeNickName Mon 06-Jan-14 23:24:21

Although I agree with school uniforms, I don't like blazers. They are too hot in summer and useless at keeping the cold/wet out in winter. They also tend to be black / navy which is not great for being seen in the dark.
Also teenagers can be very sweaty. I bought my ds 5 logo sweatshirts (£10 each) at the start of each school year, and he wore a clean one every day. I cant believe how awful a blazer would have smelt if it was only washed every few weeks.

Erebus Mon 06-Jan-14 23:02:57

Wish my DSs wore a blazer'n'tie combo instead of the shapeless black sweatshirt & droopy whitish polo! The girls in particular look quite self conscious. They're just about the only local secondary not in a blazer- nearest one reverted last Sept- It's not about results or discipline (best academic comp in the county, vair MC), it's about taking some pride in one's appearance. And having pockets!

AffineWatercolourist Sun 05-Jan-14 13:26:00

I agree with whoever said that blazers can make girls feel more confident when they're self-conscious about breasts, whether due to being flat-chested or well developed relative to everyone else. For me that would swing it, I only have to remember myself at that age. I wonder if the people who think sweatshirts are fab were all relatively comfortable with their bodies at that age so don't get that perspective? (Not a criticism if so, I'm just curious!)

cory Sun 05-Jan-14 12:29:00

I like the compromise of less formal uniform: sweatshirt and shirt but no blazer or tie. A grubby blazer and tie look dreadful. Can't see anything wrong with smart black shoes and a sweatshirt: it's what lots of people (including myself) wear for work.

CecilyP Sat 04-Jan-14 10:33:43

Atia, I had a blazer that lasted 7 years - well, from summer term of Y7 to the summer term of Y13, but it was a non-compulsory item (although everyone had one) so didn't wear it every day and only grew upward rather than outward - had a physique like Olive Oyl in those days. I think if I had had one bought to fit for the start of Y7, it would have been outgrown though.

jellybeans Fri 03-Jan-14 20:50:26

dislike them

AtiaoftheJulii Fri 03-Jan-14 20:46:32

Don't mind uniforms, though would be perfectly happy without them. Hate blazers. They're either expensive but good quality, or cheap and shitty.

Dd1 goes to very well-respected, very successful girls grammar. They wear v-neck sweatshirts and open collared white shirts. Doesn't do their results any damage whatsoever. And their sixth formers can wear pretty much what they like (no shorts, no offensive slogans, no bare midriffs) and again, get excellent A level results.

Ds wears a suit and tie for school. He does look gorgeous, but also like a miniature cabinet minister, which is a weird and unnecessary look for an eleven year old.

And I'd love to know how the poster earlier can make one blazer last for 4 years without it looking ridiculous for at least 2 of them. Ds's first one lasted for y7. Surely most kids have expanded by several inches in all directions by the end of y10!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 02-Jan-14 18:27:14

I just thought how much nicer Bailey looked with a clean face!

CecilyP Wed 01-Jan-14 16:04:40

If they have just changed their uniform, then all the blazers will be new and smart looking. That won't always be the case.

Trying to imagine DS who went to a non-uniform school in a blazer ... no, can't do it.

pixiepotter Wed 01-Jan-14 13:48:40

Did anyone see Educating Yorkshire at xmas? They have changed their uniform to include a blazer, and what a difference it makes to the look of the pupils? Who can be proud of wearing a sweatshirt?

LadyInDisguise Sun 29-Dec-13 20:50:30

Talk IMO this is certainly a reason. No need to learn how to dress as most days than bit you just wear a uniform. Weekends are just relaxed type of clothes. When are children getting the opportunity to learn to do that and for parents to actually provide enough clothes for them to do so when it's only 2 days a week..,.

EnianShelZman Sun 29-Dec-13 00:19:52

sweatshirts look all wrong with smart black shoes that are required by most schools.

I had studied in on of the European schools that did not have school uniforms and the teasing and bullying of kids that could not afford the trendy clothing was horrific. Also there were daily power struggles between teenagers and teachers arguing about what should be worn to school.

I love DSs blazer.

NigellasDealer Tue 24-Dec-13 18:22:27

I would far rather children rebelled against something as harmless as a school uniform than something potentially more damaging like experimenting with drugs
that is ridiculous, our town is crawling with pupils in uniform scoring weed and getting wasted.

TalkinPeace Tue 24-Dec-13 14:48:13

Here's a surreal thought.

The mainland Europeans always say the English dress really badly.
Maybe its because we wear school uniform fgrin

Taz1212 Tue 24-Dec-13 11:22:11

My experience in a non uniform school was very much pressure to conform to the brands that were currently in. There was an awful lot of subtle and not so subtle teasing if God forbid you turned up in a pair of Lee jeans instead of Levi's or Adidas instead of Nike or Izod instead of Polo (back in the mid 80s grin ). I'm very glad my children aren't in that sort of school environment. DS is in a well cut, well fitting wool blazer. It's possible I would be less keen about polyester, but would still prefer that over no uniform at all.

motherinferior Tue 24-Dec-13 10:52:57

Totally agree, WSW. It's like comparing the office party with a normal day (and yes, my kids went to a non uniform primary).

PointyChristmasFairyWand Tue 24-Dec-13 10:51:54

Worry my DD1 doesn't even worry about non-uniform days. She just picks what she wants to wear and lays it out the night before. At the moment it's all lumberjack shirts and jeans here. She's aware of brands and the influence they can have, but we have been discussing the matter of branding, commercialism and materialism and the like since she and her sister were very little. We're a very non-materialist household and DD1 tends to hang out with people who share her views.

It must be hard if there isn't a peer group like that around though.

I completely agree on natural fibres - DD1 has eczema so needs to wear cotton. At her middle school that was an issue as the regularion polo shirt was 60% polyester and they were not reasonable about exemptions on health grounds - she was not considered severe enough...

At least in her current blazered environment she can wear whatever shirt and trousers she wants within the guidelines, as only the blazer, tie and PE kit are compulsory.

WorrySighWorrySigh Tue 24-Dec-13 10:39:09

I wonder how many parents & teachers worry about non-uniform on the basis of their experience of the occasional non-uniform days that schools have and all the angst these create.

Honestly, from experience of non-uniform school system it really isnt like that. Students are very quickly into a standard of jeans/t-shirt/trainers routine.

Surely far better for teenagers to be in natural fibres than cheap nasty polyester?

fairisleknitter Tue 24-Dec-13 09:04:02

curlew I saw a Chinese school on a TV report and they wore tracksuits as a uniform and so were ready for PE at all times! I thought it a neat solution.

curlew Tue 24-Dec-13 08:48:20

At dd's 6th form the boys are expected to have a suit and the girls a dark formal outfit to wear when representing the school in any way.

Why couldn't that work all the way through the school?

PointyChristmasFairyWand Tue 24-Dec-13 08:44:47

curlew it would be perfectly simple to develope a school hoodie with inner zip pockets so it could be used to carry important stuff safely. I'd far rather see a dress code - DD1's school has this in their 6th form. They suggest 'business dress' = cheap-looking suits hmm but basically you can wear anything as long as it is clean, covers everything, isn't ripped and has no slogans on. You won't get to be a prefect unless you turn up in a crap business suit, but who wants to be a prefect anyway? The school has pretty damn stellar A-level results.

curlew Tue 24-Dec-13 08:17:29

I think I'll just keep saying "school hoodie" until I wear everyone down and it becomes national policy..........

ivykaty44 Tue 24-Dec-13 08:14:09

Not wearing a uniform at school doesn't equate with experimenting with drugs in any shape way or form, taking a uniform away from a school would not have a raise in drug experimental use either.

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