One expert has warned that governing school rules such as requiring a doctor’s note to use the toilet in lessons could lead to children having to drop out of school.
Psychologist Emma Kenney says it is “bizarre” that any child would need special permission to use the bathroom in the classroom and that if schools are “too strict” they may see children “leave”.
It has recently been reported how some schools are showing children permission slips from their GPs or parents to use the loo in lessons.
It is said that the students were asked to inculcate good habits while managing their leisure time and the students to get the most out of their learning.
But Emma believes that overly strict measures can have a detrimental effect on child development.
“Personally I think it’s bizarre that any child would be asked to show proof from a doctor that they are allowed to go to the toilet,” she told online.
“I think the rules and regulations in the school are somewhat obviously important, but so is the flexibility.
“Children should not be compromised or embarrassed in any way, shape or form because of their needs.”
Registered psychotherapists, who believe in compassionate parenting and teaching techniques, also think that “it is worrying that people want to exert that level of control”.
“There’s an idea that this level of control is something we’ll see for the rest of our lives — it doesn’t happen,” she said.
“You don’t go to work and tell your boss you can’t go to the toilet.”
And if the rules are too strict, the mum-of-two believes young people are more likely to “leave” the system.
“Kids who really need education don’t get it because they’re out – they don’t fit into the particular trajectory that’s expected,” she said.
“Or if they’re at home and they’re getting really harsh discipline, they’re also more likely to be more aggressive, more likely to cut their throats a little more, experience a lack of empathy and even bully behavior. – So when we overdo this strict behavior and discipline, we’re not doing a very good job.”
According to a top doctor, restricting children’s toilet trips is usually not harmful to them from the inside.
Dr. Richard Winnie, a Consultant Urological Surgeon says that growing up is an important part.
Senior Lecturer in Urology explained: “In fact, asking a child to hold is unlikely to cause significant harm and is part of the bladder training that goes with getting older.
“In fact, if children are allowed to go to the toilet on demand, you may be doing more harm to their bladder development than good by learning bad bladder behavior.”
He noted that as children get older, they learn more bladder control, which benefits from a “relatively strict approach to toilet access at break time in school.”
But the consultant believes the doctor’s note is “a bit heavy handed”.
“At times a student will be struggling.
“Maybe they drank too much during the break and for some reason couldn’t use the toilet and obviously it would be wrong to deny that person the opportunity to go to the toilet.
“There are also a number of medical conditions that may require a person to use the toilet at short notice.”
It came after a mother claimed that her daughter’s school had “removed the doors” of her toilet and allegedly told the girls to “hold on” their period.
Students at All Saints Academy in Weymouth, Dorset, were told they would have to provide a doctor’s note if they wanted to use the loo during class.
When they returned to school after the summer break, the students reportedly faced a bizarre lack of privacy – as all the doors leading to their toilet block were reportedly missing.
Fuming mums at a school in Bristol also hit out at King’s Oak Academy, Kingswood for not allowing children to go to the bathroom outside break time.
They are allowed only if they have a teacher’s note or medical pass, and are reportedly also going without water to avoid trouble with teachers.