I'm wondering where there is any research that proves that having a school uniform actually help kids to learn? As I have only 28 minutes to write this post I'm going to do a quick google scholar search and see what I can find and see if there is anything to persuade me that they do in fact assist kids.
So, uniforms. Good or bad? or maybe it's not that simple? Being a new school we were fortunate enough to be able to start at the drawing board around what we wanted and what our parent community would like.
The stance of the leadership team was pretty straight-forward back in 2012. We didn't want a full school uniform that we would have to enforce for a few reasons:
1) We didn't want valuable time to be eaten up by 'policing' if wee Jimmy had the right socks on or not.
2) If we are personalising learning and valuing our children as individuals then why should we make a blanket decision about the wearing of a uniform?
3) Most importantly of all, what was driving our thinking was where is the research to suggest having a uniform will impact positively on children's academic success?
These conversations were taking place before we had a parent community as the school was still been built, (2012) and our local community was still bare sections and wooden housing framework. We did a community consultation as per policy.
Our community, by a majority wanted a uniform, so we went ahead and began the design process ever mindful of been smart about how we would roll it out and the impact it may have on us and our community.
|Local Wind-chime Art Installation & New Housing 2014|
|Hobsonville Point Primary 2012|
What we have now is some versatile options of a school uniform that we only insist is worn when we need to be able to easily recognise our students outside of school. Students choose if they wear the uniform to school and this way teachers and staff don't have to invest time into worrying too much about if a shirt is tucked in or not.
After enduring days where it has been thirty degrees and stifling hot outside, it's been lovely having a more relaxed dress code for both the kids and the staff. After 17 years of teaching today was the first day I have ever worn jandals to work and it was awesome. I'm pretty certain they didn't have a negative impact either.