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January 26, 2022

Once a form of ‘social camouflage’, school uniforms have become impractical and unfair. Why it’s time for a makeover

Debating whether school uniforms are good or bad sidesteps a bigger issue: students – especially girls – need better designed garments that support their learning and well-being.

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April 20, 2021

Afro hair: How pupils are tackling discriminatory uniform policies

In the absence of explicit national legislation against hair-based discrimination, young people are demanding fairer rules - and a culture shift.


May 10, 2018

School uniforms: what Australian schools can do to promote acceptance of gender diversity

Despite the “Yes” vote, Australia has a long way to go in accepting sexuality and gender fluidity, especially in schools. Changing strict uniform rules is a small step in the right direction.


July 26, 2017

School uniform policies need to accommodate students’ cultural practices

A case before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal highlights the need for schools to accommodate articles of religious and cultural practice in their uniform policies.

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April 3, 2017

Why do schools want all students to look the same?

By providing a blanket approach to uniform policies, schools risk repressing cultural identity and diversity.


January 8, 2017

Why do we still make girls wear skirts and dresses as school uniform?

Wearing a skirt at school can make girls less likely to participate in physical activity, and it’s time schools changed their uniform policies.

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December 15, 2015

Does wearing a school uniform improve student behavior?

Many schools claim that when students attend in uniforms, it improves discipline, and leads to academic gains. But does it?

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October 29, 2014

Hidden costs of state education are stigmatising poorer pupils

It’s official: poverty in England is getting worse. Britain is on the verge of becoming a nation deeply and permanently divided by poverty, according to the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission…