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Schools: Uniform

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will promote school uniforms to help improve discipline in schools; and [HL674]

Whether they have assessed the accuracy of the comments of head teacher, Carol Jones of Fulham Cross School, that GCSE passes have risen from 42 per cent to 53 per cent since school uniforms were introduced. [HL675]

We published updated guidance on school uniform and related policies in October 2007. This guidance strongly encourages schools to have a uniform as it can instil pride; support positive behaviour and discipline; encourage identity with, and support for, school ethos; ensure that pupils of all races and backgrounds feel welcome; protect children from social pressures to dress in a particular way; and nurture cohesion and promote good relations between different groups of pupils.

We have not assessed whether there is a direct link between the improved results and the new school uniform policy at Fulham Cross School. However, we are encouraged by Ms Jones's comments about the positive impact of the new policy.