Playground tig ban and other ‘ridiculous’ school rules – BBC News

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A primary school in Leeds has introduced a temporary ban on children playing “tig” during breaking days after “clothes were torn” and pupils were left “upset”.

The school has stopped video games, also known as “tag” or “you’re it”, to allow the children “some time to settle down a bit”, according to the headmaster.

The ban is the latest in a line of stories from around England of educational establishments prohibiting everyday activities, many of which are remembered fondly from people’s own school day. BBC News looks back at other proscribed school pursuits that have induced headlines 😛 TAGEND

British Bulldog banished

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We start off with a perhaps unsurprising measure many schools enforce.

British Bulldog involves charging towards fellow pupils, a drop-off of the shoulder to fool the ‘bulldogs’ and a rapid dash to the safety of the other side of the yard.

These figures are a little old( like the above image ), but over a quarter of 653 school staff surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in 2011 said it had been banned from their school .~ ATAGEND

One secondary school teacher said it was “because of the number of broken bones it generates! “

Bonkers conkers

Schools in Wiltshire, Cumbria and Clackmannanshire introduced a ban on conkers over fears the horse chestnuts could trigger anaphylactic reactions.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign said a “common sense approach” would be better, where conkers are put in a safe place after battle and all involved give their hands a good clean.

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Image caption Conker fightings were a popular part of playground games in autumns gone by
Some schools took to allowing their children to take part in conker fightings the latter are wearing protective goggles .~ ATAGEND

A Carlisle headteacher said it was a “sensible” step to shield children’s eyes from pieces of flying pony chestnut.

Don’t bake a mistake

In January, birthday cakes were banned at a Blackpool primary school as educators “do not have time” to check ingredients for pupils with allergies.

Parents of children at Norbreck Primary Academy were told cakes taken into school would be “sent home uneaten”.

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The headteacher wrote: “I dislike to be a killjoy … there are many reasons for this, some of them serious.”

Making a heel of it

Pupils in Birmingham had to leave school after educators said they were wearing the incorrect kind of shoes .~ ATAGEND

Baverstock Academy, in Druids Heath, sent out letters informing families of new rules constructing plain black shoes compulsory.

One parent reported the “ridiculous” decision led to “chaotic” scenes, with about 300 children being sent home.

The school afterwards relaxed the rule somewhat , according to mothers.

Pyjama palaver

It wasn’t the pupils but their parents who were making a scene at a primary school in Darlington.

Grown-ups on the school operated were asked by the headteacher of Skerne Park Academy to rinse in the morning and to not drop their kids off while wearing pyjamas .~ ATAGEND

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The final straw came when parents were turning up to parents’ evenings and even the Christmas show in their PJs, the head said.

Restricted reading

A West Yorkshire head teacher banned books containing narratives about pigs from key stage one classrooms in case they offended Muslim children.

The literature was removed from class for under-sevens at Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley.

Head Barbara Harris said the books would remain in the school library for children to read, but added: “We try to be sensitive to the fact that for Muslims talk of animals is offensive.”

Tinsel trouble

Pupils in South Gloucestershire were banned from wearing tinsel to a non-uniform day because teachers say it could cause litter and be dangerous.

Staff at Chipping Sodbury school said the festive adornment could cause injury if pupils tried to strangle each other .~ ATAGEND

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Children were sent home with a letter citing “health and safety reasons” for the ban.

The local council said the day was “far from being against the spirit of Christmas” and was in aid of the charity Crisis.

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