Plans to force pupils to wear a tie to school could ‘see them hurt themselves’

Parents fear plans to force children to wear a tie as part of radical changes to their school uniform are "dangerous and harmful."

Northcott School in Bransholme, Hull, is looking to introduce the new outfits from September 2018 – but not everyone is on board.

Some are worried the pupils, all of who have learning difficulties, might use the tie to hurt themselves or others.

The mum, whose child is of primary school age, told the Hull Daily Mail : “I just got the letter last Friday. I was a little concerned when I first got it.

“I don’t think for the children that age that it’s appropriate.

“Most of the parents in the Facebook group think it’s a really silly idea. Alongside autism, a lot of them have SPD, Sensory Processing Disorder.

“If there are tags on the shirts they can really hurt them because their skin is more sensitive.

“The school has said the decision isn’t final. I am totally unclear as to what their intentions are.”

In a letter sent to parents detailing the possible changes, the school’s head teacher says the changes in school uniform are still only proposals at this stage and the school is consulting on the possibility.

In the letter the school explained the reason behind the decision is to make students “feel confident and proud”.

A section of the letter read: “This process began at the start of the year following comments from groups of students that they felt embarrassed and disadvantaged when out in the community or at other events as the current uniform made them stand out.

“The type of school they attended should not impact on the students having ambitions for the future and the uniform should help them feel confident and proud.”

At the moment, the mum we spoke to dresses her son in a polo shirt, jumper and jogging bottoms as he can’t wear normal trousers as they cause him discomfort.

In the letter, the school says they “are aware that some students have sensory issues” and have signposted parents towards a range of ‘easy dressing’ clothing by Marks & Spencer that might make the transition more comfortable.

However, the mum has said the changes will disrupt her child’s school day. She said: “I cannot afford to pay Marks and Spencer prices.

“He now goes in Primark bottoms. The school was happy with that but there’s now a new head teacher and deputy head teacher.

“I think it will disrupt his school day. His one-to-one said his bottoms on the side were hurting him.”

The school is also proposing “a rebranding of the school logo and signage”, a change of colour and have offered to provide two school shirts, a tie and an iron-on school logo to each parent to help with the costs.

Northcott School declined to comment when contacted by Hull Daily Mail.

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