Bathroom Breaks

Our paper on allowing students to use toilets during lessons.

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

  • 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.