At the Kepier School, a secondary school in North England, it is reported that children were being sent home on the first day of school if their trousers were not purchased (at inflated prices) from a particular supplier. The teachers walked around with colour swatches, checking that they were exactly the right shade of grey. Lest you think this was merely an irrelevant distraction from education — if not actually evidence of a corrupt kickback — there was this explanation from the headteacher:
If you have different types of trousers it leads on to different types of shoes, different types of shirts, etc.
“Etc.” indeed. Once they have different shirts, it’s just a short step to different thoughts, and then it’s straight downhill to heroin addiction and human sacrifice in the parking lot.
Perhaps this is why the school inspectorate Ofsted wrote in their report on the school in October 2013
leaders and managers do not always focus their actions where they are most needed and do not check the impact on students’ achievement.