Lots of kids aren’t particularly fond of school uniform, but they actually provide many benefits that you may not have even considered. They create a sense of identity for the school, by demonstrating that each student is part of a wider whole, which helps them feel like they belong somewhere. As a result, students can feel a sense of pride. I have teamed up with an independent school in London to explore the benefits of school uniform in further detail.
Parents may begrudge having to spend a lot of money on school uniform at the start of term, but it actually works out much cheaper than having to fill your child’s wardrobe with different outfits for each day, especially if they want to keep up with the latest trends and designer fashion. School uniform shops often have payment systems in place to help spread the cost over a few months so that it doesn’t seem as dear.
Tip: Sew name tags into your child’s uniform so that if anything is misplaced, your child has more of a chance of getting it back.
Tip: Purchase the uniform in a slightly bigger size so that your child has room to grow.
School uniform makes it easier for teachers to ensure all students are dressed in a smart manner so that they represent the school with pride. If each child was wearing something different, it would be much harder to monitor what they were all wearing and enforce rules about what’s acceptable. Wearing a uniform at school will also help prepare your child for the future when they may have to wear a uniform for work.
One of the most important benefits of school uniform is that it reduces bullying and peer pressure amongst students. If children had to wear their own clothes to school, they might feel anxious that they’re not “cool” enough or worry what their friends are going to say. A child cannot be judged or harassed about what they’re wearing if they are all wearing the same thing. What’s more, school uniform will be far less distracting, allowing children to focus on their schoolwork.