I was left speechless when I discovered that Outwood Academy Portland had suspended pupils for wearing charity badges.
In this column last week I was lavishing praise on the school, and the turnaround it has made, but I’m afraid on this particular issue the leadership have got it badly wrong.
These badges exist to raise the profile and awareness of good causes.
They are intended to be worn, to be displayed proudly.
If a young person chooses to wear one, then it is too their credit. It certainly isn’t something to be punished for.
The school should hold their hands up and admit they made a mistake, and revoke the ban immediately.