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School in East Sussex BANS skirts to be gender neutral

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School uniform

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.

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Sandwich sushi 

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Mini energy balls 

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Cheese chunks 

Slice up pieces of cheese (you can wrap them in foil to make them fun for your toddler to unwrap) or put a pre-wrapped cheese in, like Babybel or Cheestring. 
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Grapes 

A small bunch of seedless grapes is perfect for lunchboxes because they’re small and easy for your toddler to eat – no peeling necessary. They’re also high in fibre, so great for preventing constipation. For younger children, be sure to cut up the grapes into halves or quarters to prevent choking. 
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Flapjacks 

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Mini muffins 

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Fruit kebabs

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Cranberry and Hazelnut oat cookies 

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Vegetable batons

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Mini cheese and potato frittatas 

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Mini rice cakes 

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Overnight Oats

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Pesto rice salad 

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Sandwich shapes 

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!
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Sweetcorn fritters 

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Tortilla wrap 

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