Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On the Naughty Step Conduct That Deserves a Ticking Off

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

On the Naughty Step Conduct That Deserves a Ticking Off

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This week: back-to-school expenses

The best things in life are free. Well, apart from wine and cheese. But we expect to pay for an awful lot of things and not all of them bring us pleasure.

Jumpers, for example, are something that children are required to wear to school. But how much should parents fork out? Jumpers are not designer wear. They are simply a way of keeping children warm and identifying them as part of a school community. They may be grey, green, blue or red. But increasingly they have school logos, or even special house names, and the cost goes up accordingly.

A report this week from the NASUWT teaching union reveals that families are increasingly required to purchase uniforms from a particular supplier. …

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