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Bathroom Breaks

Bathroom breaks makes the case for allowing students to use toilets during lessons.

A light blue cover with a woman holding period products. Around her are products such as underwear, soap, tampons and pills. The paper says "Bathroom Breaks: Allowing students to use toilets during lessons". Briefing paper. By Jasneet Samrai and Torrin Wilkins, March 3rd 2022. Centre Think Tank ISSN 2634-4696".

Bathroom Breaks: Allowing students to use the toilets during lessons

This paper looks at the issue’s students face in being unable to access to bathrooms during lesson times. It proposes that all curriculum’s in the UK be altered to ensure students have access to bathroom breaks during lessons.

Quick summary

  • In the UK, teachers can stop students from using the toilet and there are multiple incidents where this power has led to students bleeding through clothes when they are on their periods or wetting themselves.
  • Neither common sense policies nor full bans on students going to the toilet have failed to work.
  • All students should be allowed to use the toilets during lessons and alongside this rule, we support a complaints system Ofsted so students can raise complaints about teachers if needed.


Jasneet Samrai

Deputy Director (internal)

Jasneet coordinates our team and helps to set the policy direction for Centre. They work at Breast Cancer Now, previously worked at Oxfam and has also been a campaign organiser helping to elect 3 MEP’s. Jasneet is also Head of Safeguarding and Pastoral Care.


Monica Lennon MSP

Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour and Co-operative Member of the Scottish Parliament for Central Scotland.


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