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Our seventh edition of Chalk & Chat magazine is out now. For pretty much the whole first week of September, FaceBook posts get taken over by one thing – ‘first day back at school’ photos. Whether it’s a child’s very first day at primary or secondary school, or a transition into a new form, you’ll all no doubt have seen for yourselves that smiling/terrified/excited (delete as appropriate) faces take precedent over the usual political/holiday/cat (delete as appropriate) posts. Even when you open the newspaper, you can’t escape them, although there is one major difference – instead of coming from proud parents, these pictures come from angry schools with headteachers that have sent children home en masse on account of their skirts being too short or trousers with lycra in. Is it fair? Or just another example of policing girls’ (for it is always girls) bodies? This is just one of the issues we explore in the autumn issue of Chalk & Chat.

Kate Hilpern
Editor
Chalk & Chat


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