DS1’s secondary school requires the children to wear black coats and bags, in addition to black trousers, shoes and socks.
I believe this makes it harder for the children to be seen by drivers and increases their risk of being involved in road accidents. I don’t think this uniform policy is unusual – I know that some other local schools also require dark coats and bags, and I think this is probably not uncommon in the UK.
While the non-statutory guidance on school uniform does not explicitly state that governing bodies should take the visibility of children travelling to and from school into account when formulating their uniform policy, it does not prohibit them from doing so should they feel that it is a valuable consideration given their specific circumstances. As school uniform is set by the school’s governing body, Ms Lynes may Wish to share her thoughts about the visibility of her child’s uniform with her child’s school in the first instance.
Our guidance on school uniform recommends that when making changes to their policies, school leaders should take into account the views of parents and pupils. The guidance is available at: tinyurl.com/PQcLGkh.”
“Thank you for contacting the Modeshift STARS team. Unfortunately we only have very limited resources in the central STARS Team so are limited to working directly with local authorities. Further, the Modeshift STARS scheme only applies to schools outside of London at this moment in time. We do however include Be Bright Be Seen activities as part of our range of initiatives that schools can deliver in order to achieve STARS accreditation.
For further support in providing guidance to your school we would encourage you to contact the following:
“Unfortunately, promoting wearing bright clothing isn’t something that we actively promote. As important as it can be towards road safety, we tend to focus on creating healthy and safe journeys to and from school.
We do work closely with Brightkidz though, who are about the obvious ‘bright’ aspect, but also about being bright (smart).
They have a ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ imitative https://brightkidz.co.uk/initi
And also sell packs of reflectors.”
Very good question. I’ve not heard of any successful examples but every now and then this has been an issue raised in the press by parents for a particularly school.
— Brightkidz (@Brightkidz) January 23, 2020
Also this reply:
Not personally and depends on all facts to consider but always good to include cyp to lead the discussion with school
— Penny Greenwood, UKPHR DS, SCPHN, RGN,QN (@Greenwoodpj) January 24, 2020
That’s all the correspondence I can find now. As far as I know the issues haven’t changed but I will consider next steps and update further as I develop a plan.
Do comment below or contact me if you have any ideas or info to share relating to this issue.