Following the news that John Lewis was planning on removing all ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ labels from their clothing, a secondary school in East Sussex has banned their female pupils from wearing skirts.
Priory School in Lewes has changed its uniform policy so that from this September, all year 7 students must wear trousers. This is apparently in an attempt to deal with complains of the ‘decency’ of short skirts and to accommodate the growing number of transgender pupils.
The school’s headmaster Tony Smith said: ‘Pupils have been saying why do boys have to wear ties and girls don’t, and girls have different uniform to boys. So we decided to have the same uniform for everybody from Year 7.
‘Another issue was that we have a small but increasing number of transgender students and therefore having the same uniform is important for them.’
The new uniform has divided parents, some of whom think this is going too far, others agreeing with the new gender-neutral policy. This East Sussex school is believed to be the first in the UK to take this step, but leaves us questioning whether gender-neutral school uniforms will be part of our children’s future.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Read next: 16 packed lunch ideas for children and toddlers
Mini energy balls
Who said energy balls had to be just be for those Instagram health bloggers? Packed with goodness, these mini energy balls
by Annabel Karmel are perfect for little tummies. Taking just 20 minutes to prepare, however big the batch might seem at the time, they won’t be around for long.
Packed with oats, flapjacks are a great energy boost to add to your little one’s lunchbox. Why not try making your own (and save money on the shop bought variety)? These superseed flapjacks
are quick and easy to make (and even quicker to disappear!)
A great option for little tummies, get creative with sweet or savory mini muffins for your tot. They’re bound to love these ruby red mini muffins
by the team at Ella’s Kitchen, made from beetroot and feta, or try spinach and cheese for a more classic muffin.
Cranberry and Hazelnut oat cookies
Another healthy alternative to sugary snacks, why not add some homemade cookies to your tot’s lunchbox? These cranberry and hazenut oat cookies
are super easy to make (depending on the nursery school rules, you might want to bake without the hazelnuts). What’s more, why not get your little one in the kitchen with you and bake these at the weekend?
Mini cheese and potato frittatas
Leftovers can work well in your toddler’s lunchbox now and again, especially if it can be served cold. Go for foods such as quiche or frittata as they can be cut into slices and wrapped in a cling film or foil. This mini cheese and potato frittata recipe
is a great option to try for lunch and dinner.
Pesto rice salad
If your toddler loves cheese as much as you do, why not try a cold pesto rice salad
. A good leftover option to make a change from sandwiches, either make your own pesto or add a shop bought variety.
A quick and easy way to make sandwiches more fun, use a cookie cutter
to create cute shapes. Whether it’s a dog or a butterfly, keep your little one guessing and make lunchtime a surprise!
Another leftover favourite, your little one is bound to love these bite sized sweetcorn fritters
. Suitable from six months, they are also a good option if you’re looking for different baby-led weaning ideas.