It is a lesson that has to be learnt from an early age, which is why school uniform is so important. The uniform debate shot to the top of the news agenda last week when more than 90 children from a school in Margate were sent home for wearing the incorrect uniform.This led to heated arguments and even the need for a police presence as frustrated parents argued at the school gates about Hartsdown Academy’s strict uniform policy. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of the education system and its failure, over generations, to properly prepare young people for what is expected of them in the world of work; but on this occasion I have the back of head teachers who are trying to bring order to what could be a chaotic mish-mash of ripped jeans and scruffy trainers, short skirts and crop tops. Parents of children at the Margate school have complained that it’s not the uniform, but the draconian way in which the policy is being enforced. Well, welcome to the real world. The vast majority of businesses have some sort of uniform policy and workers have to stick to it. When I founded my business I created the Pimlico Plumbers’ Bible, which sets out exactly what is expected of my employees and that includes our iconic “Pimlico blues” uniform.
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