Do school uniforms improve students’ behaviour or academic performance?

A few weeks ago Professor Jonathan Grant – director of the Policy Institute at King’s – got involved in a Twitter exchange on the benefits of school uniforms. This was prompted by frustrations with his daughters’ school apparent obsession with enforcing a school uniform policy at – in his view – the expense of focusing on the ‘core business of education’.  In sharing his concern with colleagues in the Policy Institute a debate ensued on ‘what is the evidence that school uniforms improve academic achievement and behaviour?’  Being an inquisitive team that never turns down a challenge, Research Assistant Rachel Hesketh looked at the evidence.  This is what she found…  Continue reading