When the temperature will rise, boys can put on ‘Skirts’ instead of ‘Shorts’, announces a school in UK.
Gender equality and protection from discrimination has been the mantra all around the globe. Initiatives are being taken throughout the world in order to promote and protect the rights transgenders. The latest news comes from a school in UK, Chiltern Edge Secondary School in Oxfordshire, which has introduced a more “gender neutral” dressing policy. According to the more formal uniform policy, boys of this school can either wear a trouser or a skirt, but not shorts, during the two-month long summer season.
A parent, Mr. Alastair Vince-Porteous asked the school staff if the former’s son could dress in tailored grey shorts, but the school replied saying that those were not a part of the uniform. Mr Vince-Porteous was reported saying, “I know that in the past other schools have worn skirts, so I asked if my son will be able to do that, and the school said yes.”
Another parent was reported complaining that it was mean to make kids wear blazers and ties in the summer.
Chiltern Edge Secondary School introduced its new uniform policy at the start of the academic year 2018. This revision was implemented following a drive to improve the school standards after the school was placed in special measures and given ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted, in Spring last year. But the school appears to be making progress and the latest Ofsted monitoring inspection from November 2017 said: “Pupils value their new uniform, and they are smart and polite and most conduct themselves well.”
Headteacher Moira Green said: “In September 2017, with the support of parents, Chiltern Edge made the decision to move to a more formal uniform. This has been a success. Maiden Erlegh Trust, in preparation for September 2018, wholeheartedly support Chiltern Edge’s adoption of a more formal uniform.”
Chiltern Edge introduced a new uniform of blue blazer, white shirt, grey trousers or skirts and black shoes as part of the drive to improve their standards. The uniform code further mentions trousers and skirts as the only leg wear permissible.
In August the school will join the Maiden Erlegh Trust and become an academy. The school which has the capacity for 900 pupils, had only 507 pupils as of January 2017.
Many schools have recently announced that skirts and trousers can be worn by both boys and girls. This move is part of a wider trend in adopting gender-neutral policies to help transgender students feel more at ease and that of being accepted. Under the Equality Act 2010, schools have a duty to safeguard the discrimination of transgender students. It is to be seen now whether the adoption of these new policies has a positive impact on the transgenders or not.