In an interesting article on education website 'The Key', a spokesman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (the government's single equality watchdog) advises strongly against trousers-only policies, saying that it "could be considered a case of indirect discrimination". Indeed.

Many people mistakenly think equality simply means treating everyone the same, but it  doesn't. After all, a skirts only policy would be equal treatment, but it would also clearly be anti-boy! A couple of years ago, the then government imposed a much stronger equality duty on all branches of government - schools and academies included - that widened the scope of indirect discrimination. The EHRC thinks skirt bans may breach it. So do we.

Real the full article here.