School Uniforms

group of women in school uniform standing on green grass field during daytime
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 24, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

In some countries wearing a uniform to school is commonplace, but other countries take an optional approach where children are free to go to school wearing their own clothes. There are many arguments both for and against children wearing school uniforms, like the financial burden of having to buy a school uniform, however, this does not take away from the overall benefits that wearing a school uniform has on a child’s education.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

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  • uniform (noun)
  • compulsory (adjective)
  • optional (adjective)
  • burden (noun)
  • financial (adjective)
  • wear (verb)
  • commonplace (idiom)
  • downside (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Is it better for children to wear a uniform to school?
  • Did you wear a uniform when you went to school?
  • Did you like wearing a uniform?
  • What are the benefits of wearing a school uniform?
  • What is the downside of wearing a school uniform?
  • Do you think it would be a good idea to make a school uniform optional?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.