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Can schools dictate the kind of haircut that your child chooses when he or she visits the hairdressers?

It seems that the answer to this question is yes, but I struggle to understand why.

Late last year I read in a national newspaper about a three-year-old boy who was banned from taking part in his first-ever school photograph because the head teacher deemed his haircut was too short.

Instead he was told to sit and watch the rest of his classmates have their photograph taken.

According to the article, the haircut was deemed ‘extreme’.

Even back when I was at school I’d see my classmates being sent home due to various hair-related issues such as too much gel or hair that was too short – even hair that was too long.

I’ve always wondered why.

So I read on with interest to see what response the school gave for what I thought a heavy-handed rule.

The head teacher said the rule was part of an agreement with parents and was there to help maintain levels of attainment, behaviour and discipline and improve standards.

But they didn’t explain how a style of haircut can affect attainment, behaviour and discipline.

This isn’t the first time I’ve read a story like this in a newspaper. In fact they seem to pop up at least once a month.

A quick search on portsmouth.co.uk unearthed a report which talked about a Leigh Park school that excluded a teenage boy from his lessons and took him away from his education, all because his haircut was deemed by the school to be ‘extreme’.

The report said the boy was not allowed back into lessons until the small shaved part of his hair grew back.

The school also said that this was part of its school uniform policy.

My view on this is that I completely understand that a school needs rules, but surely a rule needs to be there for a reason and I find it hard to understand the reason behind the rule on hair.

Is a haircut that has two different lengths going to affect a child’s learning abilities, or that of their classmates?

Children and teenagers are trying to create their own identity and I think it’s important to let people feel comfortable in their own skin and for them not to be punished for being an individual.

It’s about time the rules were relaxed on haircuts in schools and the bigger issues were looked at.

We should be educating our children and filling their minds with as much knowledge as possible, whatever their hair looks like.

So do you agree or disagree with me? Let me know what you think on Twitter @warrenhayden.