I teach year 6 and do not let children go to the toilet during lesson time. What is the policy for your children / class?
Toilet breaks during lesson time: I teach year 6 and do... - ERIC
As far as I am concerned, to be able to go to the toilet when you need to is a basic human right, and no-one has the right to stop another person from using the toilet. The need to poo, in particular, does not always conveniently coincide with break times, and holding it in can cause a child to have constipation or soiling problems.
education settings have a statutory duty to support children with health conditions including bladder/bowel issues. please see ERIC's "Right to Go" campaign/ leaflet. We have always specifically notified my daughters class teacher at the start of each school year so they have always let her go as required but I'm aware that with stand in or supply teachers this doesn't always happen as it should. It may be worth discussing in your school about use of pass cards to allow for consistent use & to avoid the child's embarrassment as by year 6 they are definitely going to be facing issues with their peers, the school nurse service is also there to support a child's continence needs. I understand some children may be time wasters but for many you are risking a child who can't learn properly due to being wet/soiled /in pain and too embarrassed or stressed to learn.
Agree with above. Having a child with urgency/frequency means he can't hold until a break time - he gets 30 seconds warning. Continence problems are more frequent than people realise and are often not talked about. Prior to diagnosis teachers (infant school) would often say - oh he's making it up to get out of xyz. Not being believed had a negative impact on self esteem.
It would be wonderful if we were all able to go at break and lunch but that’s just not the case. Children have break and lunch to have a release so quite often forget to go to the loo which is completely understandable. Our job as teachers are to nurture and help them grow, withholding something that should be a given right will never achieve this!