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Does it matter if your teacher is scruffy?

We all know the stereotype of the scruffy school pupil - scuffed shoes, stained shirt and a loose tie. But are the teachers any better?

Some staff at a London school have been criticised by Ofsted for being "too casual".

Teachers at Acland Burghley secondary were told a poor appearance "does not promote high professional standards or expectations".

The inspection took place in February, shortly after Ofsted announced plans to crack down on scruffily-dressed teachers.

So how important is a dress code in the classroom? Some trainee teachers share their thoughts with the BBC.

  • 13 Mar 2014
  • From the section UK
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