Blue Socks - The School Uniform Debate


The debate over school uniform rules has been going on for many years, across many generations of school pupils and teachers. There have been cases in the press, like the Blue Socks Case which this journey will look at in more detail, where pupils have been banned from taking exams, or even suspended or excluded from school for not wearing the correct uniform.

This learning journey will look at a number of cases from the 1970s that are mentioned in archives of the National Council for Civil Liberties (now known as Liberty) which we hold at the Hull History Centre, and how these cases relate to your experience of school uniform today. The journey will look at the arguments for and against having a uniform, and at how the issue relates to children's rights.


This learning journey can be used as a resource for:

KS3 Curriculum Links

Citizenship: Human Rights

History: Twentieth Century

KS4 Curriculum Links

Citizenship: Human Rights

History: Twentieth Century GCSE

Citizenship Skills

Thinking about and analyse information

Expressing personal opinions

Contributing to class discussion

Using imagination to consider other people’s experiences  


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