A shirt, tie and blazer may not be the ingredients for my favourite outfit, but if I were given the choice, I wouldn’t throw away the idea of school uniform. Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student.
“Uniforms show that you are part of an organisation. Wearing it says we’re all in this together,” Jason Wing, head teacher at the Neale-Wade academy in Cambridgeshire, says.
“Also, if you wear your uniform with pride, it means you are half way there to being respectful, buying into what the organisation is all about.’’
Claire Howlette, an English teacher, agrees: “Uniforms give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community.”
My school is one of many that seem to be reverting to a more formal uniform – this September I will be wearing a shirt and blazer instead of my old jumper and polo shirt. A number of students have complained about the change, but general opinion is that the jumpers and polo shirts were “childish”.
A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. Howlette says: “Uniforms help students to prepare for when they leave school and may have to dress smartly or wear a uniform.”
Some people believe that a school uniform can improve learning by reducing distraction, sharpening focus on schoolwork and making the classroom a more serious environment, allowing students to perform better academically.
Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students don’t have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn’t so important. There is no competition about being dressed in the latest trend, which would put a great deal of financial pressure on students and parents. Potential bullies have one less target for their insults; it’s hard to make fun of what someone is wearing when you’re dressed exactly the same.
In America, where a majority of schools do not have a uniform, roughly 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. This might not be directly linked to what they’re wearing, but having a uniform can be a safety net for many students who might otherwise suffer from bullying. A strict uniform gives the impression that rules are strict too, perhaps helping maintain a sense of order at school.
Although wearing a school uniform is less expensive than buying a whole wardrobe of outfits, uniform can still be pricey. Many schools have a specific supplier, and wearing cheaper alternatives can result in punishment if the black skirt you’re wearing isn’t exactly the right black skirt. Finding uniform that fits you, especially if you’re limited to one shop, can also be a struggle.
Recently the Liberal Democrats held a conference about the cost of school uniforms across England. The education minister David Laws is to issue new guidance to end the practice of using a single uniform supplier, enabling parents to shop around for uniform. If schools decide to change their uniform, for example with a new emblem or colour, changes should be restricted to one or two items, preferably with sew-on logos. Changing from a one-supplier system could help families with the cost of school uniform.
Although it might seem a shame to miss out on those two years of dressing as you like at school, I welcome the smart dress code. Not only does it make getting dressed each morning a lot easier, but it sets sixth formers up as role models for younger students, and that’s important.
Macy Vallance, a year-eight student, says: “I like uniforms because everyone is the same and no one can be left out by the way they are dressed. Our new uniform looks smarter, which is good.”
My uniform might not be what I would wear in my own time, but it gives me a sense of belonging, takes away the pressure of what to wear and deters the bullies. School uniform isn’t fashionable, but that’s exactly why I think it should be here to stay.
School uniform is a standard set of clothes which is worn by a group of people. However, more and more people say that it may not be a must for students to wear a school uniform. People have debated this issue, many times. We should get to know both the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a school uniform. School uniform is an identification for students. It is a form of respect to the school.
There are some advantages of wearing a school uniform compulsorily. Firstly, wearing a school uniform can save the students’ money and time on choosing what to wear to school because there is no need to purchase different clothing to wear. Also, they don’t need to decide what to wear in the morning. It is a place for study, not a place for fashion. Secondly, wearing a school uniform can prevent mental comparisons between students. They will not be envious of other classmates clothing e.g expensive brand named or beautiful clothing because all the students must wear the same clothing, there are no comparisons.
Once you wear a school uniform and enter the school, all students will become equal. Thirdly, school uniform shows which school you belong to and it looks: neat, tidy and professional. It shows the tidiness and discipline of the school and decreases discrimination among peers. Therefore, wearing school uniform is good for students. On the contrary, there are voices from the students saying that they want more freedom, by wearing casual clothing. There are some disadvantages of wearing school uniform compulsorily.
Firstly, you wear comfortable and fashionable clothing that expresses your personality because school uniform is a uniform style. School uniform is rigid, and all the people look the same and cannot express their personality. It would inhibit the students feelings of self-expression. Secondly, if you don’t wear school uniform, you will spend too much money buying different clothes to wear to school every day. Casual clothing is our necessities in our life, we have to buy them. Therefore, we should be able to wear it at school. Therefore, they don’t need to spend extra money to buy a school uniform, to wear.
Thirdly, students can wear any style and colour that they prefer. They can make themselves look beautiful and fashionable. It is good for students to show their individuality and it makes students feel more self-confident. It also fills the whole school, with colour, instead of wearing a school uniform that seems very rigid, and boring.
As a conclusion, coins have two different sides, similar to the opposing opinions about having a compulsory school uniform. There are some advantages and disadvantages about wearing school uniform. Although, wearing a school uniform is a better choice for students, a uniform can represent the identification of students, the respect to the school and also the respect of being a student. A school is a place for students to learn, to study. Students should concentrate on their studies, not what they are wearing.