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Birkbeck's Big Ideas: School Dress Codes: Who Cares and Why? (Finsbury Park...

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City and Islington College - Centre for Lifelong Learning

28-42 Blackstock Road

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Join us for another instalment of Big Ideas at City & Islington College's Centre for Lifelong Learning, and come prepared for interesting discussion, fascinating research and a taste of what it's like to study Law at university!

What is Birkbeck's Big Ideas?

A series of thought provoking FREE events, designed to inspire and bring world class academics from Birkbeck, University of London to the local community, with this latest installment from Daniel Monk, of Birkbeck School of Law.

The events are open to anyone with an interest in the subject, and are an opportunity to experience a university lecture first hand, with plenty of space for questions.

About the Talk

Stories about young people 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 young people 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.

Listen to a taster podcast of Daniel talking about these issues here


Who is Daniel Monk?

Daniel Monk teaches and writes about children, families and the law. Education has always been a particular focus and his research here has examined school exclusions, the powers of head teachers, sex education, bullying and home-education. His work identifies the political and cultural contexts of laws, engaging critically with ideas about 'children's rights'.


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

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