Teachers spend more than million hours a year helping children use toilets, study says

The Independent is reporting that a fifth of early years teachers spend up to 30 minutes a week cleaning up youngsters after they have been to the toilet, a report by health and hygiene company Essity has found. 

This equates to more than a million hours of lost teaching time over the course of an academic year and it costs the education system £11m based on teachers’ average salaries.

The report – based on interviews carried out by YouGov with more than 400 primary school teachers and 500 parents and children – suggest hygiene issues are impacting on education. 

More than half (53 per cent) of teachers are concerned that children not being toilet trained and having an accident in class means time is taken away from others in class. And 46 per cent of children admitted struggling to concentrate due to avoiding the toilet when they need to go.
The risks of children not going to the toilet when they need to include dehydration, bladder infections and potential bowel and continence problems in later life, the report’s authors said.

James Bowen, director of NAHT Edge union, said: “We are concerned about the increasing number of school leaders who are telling us that children are arriving in school unable to use the toilet independently.

“Whilst there will always be a small number of children who have specific problems and need additional support, this appears to be a growing problem.”

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  1. Judith Wilson

    Whilst it is undoubtedly true that some children are being sent to school unprepared, it is also true that others are reluctant to use the toilets at school because they are not in a fit state to use, and this is completely unacceptable. Incidentally, does anyone at http://www.schoolsimprovement.net EVER read, pass on or comment on the replies on here?

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