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Impact on education

The research findings suggest that a combination of inadequate toilet facilities and poor hygiene habits amongst children can impact their education.


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.


52% of primary school teachers are concerned that children not being toilet trained and having an accident in class means time is taken away from others in the class.

Half of Key Stage One primary school teachers have seen instances of children wetting or soiling themselves rather than go to the toilet.

More than one million hours of primary school teaching time are spent helping children clean up properly after using the toilet in school per year.

Just over £11m – The annual cost of the time spent by teachers cleaning up children after they’ve used the school toilets.

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