Why I wear a uniform (when I don’t have to)

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The first question people ask me when they find out I teach is, what subject? When I tell them Food technology they say ‘ah cooking’. I can see in their eyes images of ruddy faced Home economics teachers from their youth instructing them how to make a Chelsea bun and they imagine that nothing has changed.
Why I wear a uniform

Why wear uniform?

The reality couldn’t be further from the truth and this is why I choose to wear a uniform when I don’t strictly speaking have to. I want to instil into my pupils and their parents the high level of professionalism I deliver (and expect) from my pupils. Put it this way who would you rather have teach you how to cook, someone who dresses in crisp clean whites looking professional or someone who has just thrown a pinny over whatever they started the day in?

Food technology and Catering should be regarded as demanding subjects to take. They are not an easy option. They require huge input for the coursework and have a wide skill set that pupils are expected to master.

Why I wear a uniform


For me helping pupils make a route into catering begins with the tone I set. I wear chefs whites to deliver my lessons, as it shows I am prepared for my role. I look the part and pupils often ask me after first seeing me in whites and my clogs if I used to be a chef. There is no used to be about it. I am not an old school cooking teacher I am a professional training pupils in catering.

Plus these are the clothes you should be wearing working with food! I am appalled at some of the things people cooking of the telly wear. Long hair hanging loose, jewellery and dangly bits of clothing flapping around. Excuse me while I puke. If you have ever had to take your Food hygiene certificate you will know you are expected to dress in whites to prepare food.

Why I wear a uniform

 Returning to teaching.

So as I prepare to go back to teaching in September I’ll be picking up new whites from Simon Jersey and preparing to convert the minds of pupils and parents that Food Technology has moved on from Chelsea buns and doyleys.
This is a sponsored post for Simon Jersey. You can find out more in my advertising and disclosure policy.

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