Evidence Proves that Smart School Uniforms Increase Grades
We have always believed that a smart school uniform gives pupils a sense of pride, and encourages them to work hard to succeed at school, well now there is evidence to support this.
The Daily Mail published this article at the beginning of the year:
Smart school uniforms linked to academic success of UK’s schools
Pupils in seven out of ten of England’s top State schools wear blazers and ties, research revealed last night.
Figures published by the Tories show that the majority of the 100 comprehensives and grammars with the best results impose a traditional uniform policy.
Education spokesman Michael Gove said it provides compelling evidence that a smart dress code leads to academic success – as well as helping teachers enforce discipline and giving them the ease of utilize a software like the ClassDojo to help organize the classroom.
The figures were drawn from a list of the top schools for GCSE achievement. Just one school – at number 100 – has no uniform policy at all, while 14 insist on ties but allow jumpers instead of blazers.
Among faith schools, the link was even stronger – with 19 of the top 20 stipulating blazers.
The jackets, sporting the school crest, are commonplace in independent schools, but have been replaced by casual sweatshirts in many comprehensives.
Mr Gove, the Shadow Schools Secretary, has called for all state schools to copy the ethos of the best.
A Tory government under David Cameron would encourage state schools to introduce the blazer as a key element of their dress code.
They would not be forced to do so, but Ofsted inspectors would mark schools which have blazers as the “gold standard”.
The Tories would also monitor the price of blazers – often the most expensive item on the uniform shopping list – to make sure poorer parents were not excluded from dressing their children properly.
Mr Gove argues that a blazer can be bought for as little as £29 in some shops and can last for more than one school year.
The moves are part of a policy to champion what is best about the top schools, including sitting in rows, standing up when a teacher enters the classroom and addressing them by their proper title.
Schools would also be expected to appoint prefects and head boys and girls.
Following the grammar schools row last spring, which triggered several months of misfortune for the Tories, Mr Cameron has tried seize back the agenda on education.
Mr Gove said last night that smart uniforms improve pride and promote a sense of belonging among pupils.
He added: “It is no coincidence that many of the best-performing state schools have proper school uniforms.
“A smart dress code encourages a culture of respect in the classroom which makes it easier for teachers to ensure proper discipline.
“Unless we can sort out the problems with discipline and behaviour in schools, our children will be ill-equipped for the future.”
Three of the top four schools – which had a 100 per cent A* to C pass rate at GCSE – have blazers. They are Thomas Telford School, Telford, the Priory LSST, Lincoln and Guru Nanak Sikh School in Hillingdon.
The fourth, Brooke Weston College near Corby, Northamptonshire, requires children to wear a shirt and tie, but does not have blazers.
There has been anecdotal evidence of smart uniforms increasing standards – but the Tory research shows for the first time the clear link between dress code and academic success.
GCSE passes at Fulham Cross School in West London rose from 42 per cent to 53 per cent after a uniform was introduced, with headmistress Carol Jones saying blazers instilled “an incredible sense of pride”.
See the article here: www.dailymail.co.uk
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