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Big Ideas: School Dress Codes: Who Cares and Why? (Finsbury Park)

Starts 20 March 2018 - 18:00
Finishes 20 March 2018 - 19:30
Venue City & Islington College, Centre for Lifelong Learning, 28-42 Blackstock Road, London, N4 2DG
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Join us for Big Ideas at City & Islington College's Centre for Lifelong Learning, and come prepared for interesting discussion and fascinating research!

Birkbeck's Big Ideas is a series of thought-provoking free public lectures, designed to inspire and bring world class Birkbeck academics to the local community, with this latest installment from Daniel Monk, of Birkbeck's School of Law. 

Stories about children getting into trouble for breaching school dress codes frequently hit the news. Recent examples include the following:

Boy, 12, fights ‘racist’ school ban on his cornrow hair’

‘Teenager isolated over cancer charity haircut’ 

‘Muslim boys told their beards breach school rules’ 

‘School sends girl, 14, home for wearing a Sikh bracelet’ 

‘More pupils sent home in uniform row’ 

‘Boys wear skirts to school in protect against “discrimination”’

Rather than argue about what children should or shouldn’t be allowed to wear to school, the aim of this talk is to think about why it seems to matter so much and what these conflicts and school dress codes might be able to tell us about childhood, education and politics in contemporary Britain.

The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration and refreshments start at 6pm and the talk will commence at 6.15pm. 

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We look forward to welcoming you to this Birkbeck's Big Ideas event!

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