We launched the Initiative in May 2018 with the Bottom of the Class report, which revealed a serious and growing problem regarding the hygiene standards within the UK primary school system.
From inadequate toilet facilities that are unclean and poorly equipped, to poor hygiene habits of children coming to school unable to wipe their bottom properly or wash their hands correctly.
1 million hours
more than 50%
46% of children admit to struggling to concentrate due to avoiding the toilet when they need to go. Almost half of primary school teachers recall instances of children being unable to concentrate in the classroom due to them avoiding the toilet when they need to go.
The findings of the Bottom of the Class: Are falling hygiene standards failing primary school children? report reveal three clear problems:
Teachers, parents and children are concerned about poor levels of hygiene in primary school toilets and the impact this has on health.
Teachers believe children aren’t learning essential hygiene behaviours early enough.
Children are actively avoiding the toilets at school and are adopting unhealthy behaviours in order to do so.