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Impact on health

The findings in the report suggest there could be a direct link between poor levels of hygiene and the health and wellbeing of children. Children are avoiding using school toilets, even when they really need to go.

One in ten primary school teachers are aware of children not eating or drinking enough to avoid using the toilets at school and 13% of these have seen an example of a child becoming ill as a result. It’s a concern echoed by parents too; 16% report that during the current school year they have been aware of their child not eating or drinking enough in order to avoid using the school toilets.


85% of parents can recall their children avoiding doing a poo at school even when they need one. One in five parents report that it is common for their child to return home having not been to the toilet at school all day.

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