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You’d think schools had enough to cope with without bothering about the minutiae of skirt hems.

But another one – this time in Hertfordshire – has hit the headlines by banning girls from wearing skirts. Apparently, length issues could hinder them from learning.

At my school, one particularly militant deputy head would carry a ruler around specifically so that she could measure our skirt lengths. I never understood how a two-inch shortfall prevented us from understanding quadratic equations.

Uniforms do make it easier for parents and students alike. And there’s no point in having one if you don’t enforce some basic rules.

But most uniform issues should be left to the discretion of parents, not meddling heads.