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13 September 2013 Last updated at 09:43

Statement: Policy Update

Released: 12th September 2013

Birmingham Metropolitan College is committed to high quality education for all of our learners. We are concerned that recent media attention is detracting from our core mission of providing high quality learning. As a consequence, we will modify our policies to allow individuals to wear specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values.

The College will still need to be able to confirm an individual’s identity in order to maintain safeguarding and security. The necessity to comply with national regulations, examination board requirements and applicable legislation will remain an overriding priority in all circumstances, as will the need to ensure that effective teaching and learning methodologies are applied.

We have listened to the views of our students and we are confident that this modification to our policies will meet the needs of all of our learners and stakeholders. We remain committed to ensuring that students are provided with a safe and welcoming environment and the best education and training opportunities available.

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