For any headteacher, the toilet space is unlikely to be a priority – it is a functional space that children only briefly albeit frequently use. Given all the pressures on learning, teaching and assessment, it is easy to neglect these spaces.
As a university researcher, I have been interested in these toilets and wash areas for many years and, in particular, how simple and cheap design changes can improve children’s satisfaction with toilets and improve hand-washing rates.
I have also spent a lot of time in primary school toilets themselves! And talking to children and teachers about them. At best the primary school toilets I have seen are clean with basic “wash your hands” instructions and signage.
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