Now Mr Gove has turned his attention to what teachers wear. Wednesday's issue of The Times reported:
Schools will be expected to smarten up their appearance under a Tory government. Out will go jeans and trainers, untucked baggy shirts, crop tops and biker leathers.No doubt this is meant to appeal to Tory voters who like tradition, but in reality there is little tradition of teachers dressing smartly. The traditional dress for teachers was the academic gown, which was designed precisely to distance education from the world where a good business suit matters. Less grand teachers wore a tweed jacket with leather patches and a worried expression.
This time, however, it is not the pupils who will be under the spotlight, it is the teachers.
Michael Gove, the Shadow Schools minister, today said that the Conservatives would give full backing to schools that introduced smart dress codes for staff in order to boost their standing among pupils, parents and the wider community.