'Championing the rights of children'

School's mufti day ban for underachieving pupils ‘equivalent of dunce’s hat’

Garry Mon 07 Apr 2014 18:13

Bedfordshire school allowed children who hit reading target to wear their own clothes, whilst those who fell below had to come in in uniform.

A head teacher has come under fire for allowing high-achieving pupils to wear their own clothes to school, while shaming children who have struggled with reading by making them wear uniform.

Educational campaigners have criticised the initiative, saying it is no different to "putting a dunce's hat" on a child's head.

Jeff Conquest, the head teacher at Woodland Middle School, in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, informed parents of the new school rule by text message.

Sent on April 3, the message said that any children who had achieved their "accelerated reading target" would be able to come in their own clothes the following day, for the last day of term.

The text added that pupils, who are between the ages of nine and 13, who hadn't met the standard must come in uniform.

One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: "My son isn't academic but he is good at other things.

"I understand that those who have hit their target deserve a reward but not by isolating those who haven't."

Read more... (Daily Telegraph -  06 April)