Majority of roles within school are customer facing roles for us, so a professional appearance puts us on a level playing field with most of the teachers and other support staff.
I did offer the team polo shirts with logos ... they turned it down in favour of smart work wear.
I would spend ages on my shoes ... and ironing the trousers so they didn't go shiny can be tricky ... and getting creases in the sleeves of your standard issue jumper was fun!
erm ... I'll get my coat ... it is the freshly dry cleaned one.
In 4 years of school IT support I have never once had an incident involving a tie. I don't see what the problem is with them.
Women are able to be individual and still retain a smart, professional appearance without conforming to a standard garb in their choice of workwear
i think it's time for us men to follow that lead....
Do mean the nasty, vicious gangs of discarded ties that roam the school corridors looking for trouble?:D:DQuote:
I have never once had an incident involving a tie
Smart black trousers, black shoes, shirt + smart jumper or sleeveless pullover for me here. There doesn't seem to really be any rules here for dress code.
Today the SMT's dress ranged from the Head in demin skirt + brown t-shirty-thing, one deputy in tracksuit bottoms + joggin top, and the other deputy in trousers, shirt and waistcote!
The class teachers dress ranges from tracksuits to trousers + shirt / blouse. PE teacher is always in smart tracksuit (if there is such a thing!).
Today was bad mind you; one of the members of the admin/reception staff was in an almost completely see-through white shirt! (not that I was looking, but it was VERY transparent :S ) Now no-one can tell me THATs professional female attire in a Primary School! :eek: But, nothing was said so what the hell.
We've got an INSET day on Friday. Maybe I'll try out one of my Geeky t-shirts, see if anyone says anything;
...funny now but it wasn't at the time. Now if I wear a tie it's always tucked inside.
They said the same in the 50s, the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and the 90s ... let's get rid of "formal" attire at work.
I like it, I think it creates a positive atmosphere and to me, someone who is willing to make an effort on their appearance gets a thumbs up. If they also show that they are adhering to a general policy (ie can follow rules) then they get another thumbs up.
If my lot wanted to get rid of it then fine ... we would ... but I would still wear shirt and tie or a suit ... I look better wearing it than I do in a polo shirt. In my job, appearance is important.
I suppose it also depends on whether your role also brings you in contact with parents ... they often have a certain level of expectations about dress and will treat you differently if you don't meet their standards.
Now that I work in a college, I can wear more or less what I like. The majority of the team wears jeans, a shirt or tshirt and a jumper. It's great, I love it :D
In my last job, I had to wear a suit every day. I resented every second of it.
Oh god.. I'd hate to wear a shirt/suit in this job. It just aint practical.
If there's a special ocassion on (such as a disciplinary) then I'll tend to make an effort :D
At the moment the techie and I wear trousers and short sleeved shirt during term time, and whatever in the holidays. I'm still deciding whether to get School Logo'd Polo shirts for both of us for Sept when we move to a new PFI school, or whether I buy a new suit for myself and smarten up.........