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Pupils: Uniforms

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department’s policy is on the provision of individual tuition to pupils who have absented themselves from schools following disputes about the wearing of (a) school uniform, (b) appropriate dress and (c) jewellery. (125161)

There is no provision in law for pupils to absent themselves from school following disputes about school uniform or other aspects of appearance, and therefore no provision for pupils to receive individual tuition in such circumstances.

Where a school decides that a pupil must change their clothes in order to comply with school uniform or dress code, they may allow a short period of absence to enable the pupil to go home and change. Any further absence would be unauthorised, which could render the parents of the absent child liable for prosecution.