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Herne Bay school on the north Kent coast hit the national headlines last October after threatening to ban skirts on safeguarding grounds. It has now backed down.

One reason why this particular ban threat attracted so much attention was the language used by the (female) head, who said that girls were “putting themselves at risk”. Many people saw this as blaming the victim and over 2000 signed a petition (click here) criticizing the head for her words. Even more importantly there is no evidence whatsoever that girls who wear skirts are at a greater risk of sexual assault than those who wear trousers. That’s not to say that schools should not stop girls wearing excessively short skirts, but don’t blame it on safeguarding or health and safety.

Anyway there’s a happy ending in this case, as the school has decided to instead introduce a standard skirt – which was the obvious solution all the time.