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A meeting about a school's religious dress and uniform policy is the focus of this whole-school video. In attendance are the headteacher, teaching staff and members of the local Bangladeshi community and Muslim Council.
Headteacher John Smith wants to re-introduce uniforms to help the school's staff identify who should be on site, thus raising safety at Burleigh Community College, Birmingham. The conversation becomes dominated by the ban on religious dress in France. It becomes clear that, to promote inclusion, primary and secondary schools must respect or be mindful of religious needs and this can only be achieved if the staff understand the religious needs of their students.
The key points of this video are that: a simple modern uniform can simplify integration of religious dress; if items of religious dress can conform to school colours, this will also facilitate integration; and banning articles of religious clothing entirely is an option, but it can lead to feelings of exclusion.
Part of the series: School Matters