In the circumstances described. Id arrange another chat with the classroom teacher and voice the concerns again, if not pleased after this id request a meeting with the principal.
Involving the Ed Dept is quite unnecessary in my opinion for this situation
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13-02-2015 13:28 #11
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13-02-2015 13:55 #12
Well there is a 5 minute warning bell at the end of recess and lunch at my school that tells kids to have a drink, go to the toilet and then line up before the bell goes.
I usually say no first, then observe how busting they are in 5 mins as it is obvious who needs to go and who is just bludging.
13-02-2015 14:23 #13
I don't have a child at school yet but really is that the norm that kids can't go to the toilet any time they need to? I get it's better if they did at lunchtime etc but I find it quite strange a teacher would refuse to allow a child to use the bathroom??? Especially the younger ones???
13-02-2015 14:24 #14
The problem is one child asks and if you let them go, another 10 kids ask. It's very disruptive.
13-02-2015 14:31 #15
Question for Early Primary teachers
You don't have take them though do you? Can they just walk out and go? I get its best to teach them to go during the breaks but not everyone needs to go then!
13-02-2015 14:37 #16
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13-02-2015 15:19 #17
Speak to the teacher first. Escalating it to principal or ed department is crazy.
Just go in and have a sensible chat about what happened.
Hopefully that clears the air and you can all move on.
This has happened in my class before with year 3 students. By no means did I mean it to happen as I'm sure the teacher in the class didn't mean for it to happen. It's not uncommon for a class rule to be 'no' straight after lunch.
Hopefully it all sorts out.
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13-02-2015 15:30 #18
This happened to my Mum when she was in primary school.
She is in her 60s and it still brings a tear to her eye when she speaks about it.
It really, really annoys me when kids are not allowed to go to the toilet!
DD10 just told me they are not allowed to go in between breaks either. I will monitor it, but I know when she gets worried she needs to go to the toilet. I really don't think she will wet her pants but I don't want her busting for a long period of time as this can cause issues also.
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13-02-2015 15:42 #19
Thanks everyone. I will advise my niece to address the issue with the deputy/principle. She has already spoken to the teacher and the matter was not resolved to her satisfaction. I think why she was talking about the Ed Dept is because there have been other issues with the same teacher already this year (that I don't know the details of) and nothing has been done.
13-02-2015 16:37 #20
It can be a really difficult issue for teachers & we need to draw a line in the sand somewhwre, but that line is not when a child wets themselves. I am a teacher, i used to have another teacher come in to teach french. Literally as soon as she took over, 8 kids would put their hand up to go to the toilet. She would let them all go, as you do if youre afraid they will wet themselves. They would have a lovely play and muck around in the toilets, and would miss 20min of their 30min french lesson. In the 30 min lesson, peobably all 20 kids in the class would 'need' to go to the toilet at sometime. And then parents get upset that their kids arent learning anything. So yes, it can be very frustrating as a teacher. But rules need to be very clear cut and easy for the kids to follow and understand.
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