NSW government to enforce dress code on teachers

NEW South Wales teachers will have to obey a strict dress code in classrooms across the state under a government plan announced at the weekend.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said on Sunday said the dress code would apply to more than 70,000 public school teachers across the state.

"School teachers are part of a profession, one of society's most important professions, and we are outlining an inaugural dress code that befits their status in the community," he said.

"While the vast majority of teachers dress professionally it is important for the Department of Education and Communities to detail the dress standards it expects its staff to follow."

Mr Piccoli said the new dress code was supported by principals' groups who believe it will increase the esteem in which teachers are held by the community.

"Principals have asked me to provide greater clarity about what is acceptable," he said.

"Teachers should not come to school wearing t-shirts, rubber thongs or clothes displaying alcohol advertising and we have made this clear in the dress code.

"Wearing appropriate dress helps teachers maintain respect and credibility with students, parents and the broader community."

He said the new code will take effect at the start of term two this year.

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