Parents Are Being Urged Not To Dress Children For World Book Day
Some parents are being urged not to dress up their children for World Book Day today, over fears that it could 'offend poorer families' who aren't able to do so.
Headteachers in Dundee in Scotland have said that the fancy dress tradition, in which children dress up as their favourite book character, can be too much pressure for families who aren't as financially able.
According to reports in The Sun, the headteachers sent letters to parents asking them to 'tone down' the fancy dress.
Dundee Councillor Gergor Murray told the publication: "We want every school in Dundee to make the most of World Book Day in the coming week.
"This day will be used to inspire pupils to get reading and enjoy the benefits it brings for their education and wider life.
"Improving literacy among our young people is one of the key aims of ongoing work to increase attainment.
"World Book Day is extremely popular and I will be visiting a primary school on Thursday to see how this celebration is being used to motivate young readers.
"We have been considering how we can improve the educational impact of this event and focus attention more on to books and reading.
"I am also aware of the financial pressures that any fancy dress linked to the day can bring to some families.
"But we would never discourage any pupils from using World Book Day as a way to express their creativity about reading."
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