Welsh schools to offer cheaper uniforms with gender-neutral options

theguardian | July 10, 2019

School in Wales will be made to offer cheaper, gender-neutral uniform options from September, as the Welsh government seeks to tackle the rising costs of school clothing for families. The statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education means Welsh state schools that are revising their uniform codes will need to avoid exclusive deals that force parents to buy from a single supplier, and must ensure that uniform items are widely available, avoiding expensive logos and designs. The new rules also mean schools can no longer have separate uniform codes for boys and girls, so that trousers or shorts, for example, will be available for either to wear. Kirsty Williams, the Welsh minister for education, said the costs of school uniforms were a long-running issue for families. She said the new code gave the government in Cardiff the chance to revise its guidance to give it a legal underpinning. “It gave us an opportunity to look at the rather outdated way we look at uniforms, with lists of items for girls and lists for boys, which was a very old fashioned way of looking at how children should dress for school,” Williams said. The new rules will also apply to PE and sports kit, which are often among the most expensive items that families need to buy. According to some estimates, school uniform can cost more than £300 per child at secondary school, with that cost rising if expensive blazers or hi-tech sports kit has to be included.

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When coaching professors and subject matter experts in the delivery of their narrations or voiceovers, I always encourage them to work with a script. Most of the time, they come back with eloquent, passionate, error-free prose. Perfect for the New Yorker, but deadly for engaging online learners. I’m not calling for abandoning all traces of formality, but it seems to me that in the world of e-learning the tendency leans towards narration that comes across as ‘too stuffy’ rather than ‘too laid back‘.

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