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Case 202 - A school is using health and safety as the explanation for their policy on pupils not being allowed to wear jewellery

Issue

A school is using health and safety as the explanation for their policy on pupils wearing jewellery. The school sent out a uniform reminder stating that chains and necklaces can't be worn for Health and Safety.

Panel decision

The school's policy that ear rings should not be worn during PE lessons is sensible, and in line with national professional advice, but their use of simplistic references to "health and safety" as the justification for this and banning all other jewellery at other times is not a defensible explanation. Whether a school permits pupils to wear other items of jewellery at other times is a matter for the school uniform policy and this should be made clear.

2013-08-13