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Hampshire head teacher defended over uniform crackdown
A head teacher has vowed to continue her uniform crackdown – and has been backed by a major union.
The Daily Echo revealed this week that around 20 children were sent home for wearing the wrong type of trousers.
The school has outlawed skinny jeans and leggings and has told parents that their youngsters must be kitted out with “straight-leg” and “loose fitting” black trousers.
But families have been given until Monday before the crackdown begins again to give parents a chance to buy new trousers if necessary.
Hard-up families have also been offered funds to help them pay for replacement clothes.
Mrs Dawkins told the Daily Echo that no more children were sent home yesterday because of the amnesty – but pupils could expect another crackdown on Monday.
She added: “The vast majority of parents have backed the decision and most of the children have now got the correct uniform.
“We will have teachers on the gate and they will be monitoring the uniform as children come in and those not wearing the right uniform will be sent home.
“If children choose to consistently abuse the rules and the parents allow them to do that then |what kind of example is that to their children?”
Mrs Dawkins’s stance was yesterday backed by the National Association of Head Teachers.
Spokeswoman Heather Forse said: “Most schools agree their uniform policies well in advance of the new school term to allow parents time to buy the agreed items.
“Those parents who have difficulties in sourcing or paying for the correct uniform are usually able to speak in confidence to the head teacher to avoid any embarrassment.
“It seems that this procedure was followed in this case so it is difficult to know what else the head teacher could have done.”