Is it ok to have this rule as a teacher?

I teach year 6 (ages 10 and 11,England). I don't let children go to the toilet during lessons. Am I harsh? Would it upset you as a parent?

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  • I think it would upset anybody that needed the toilet?
    I'm not a parent but if my hypothetical child came home covered in unnecessary piss I wouldn't be pleased.

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  • Pick another profession, perhaps prison guard.

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  • If they really need to go, they will either piss themselves or go to the restroom. Your rule doesn't prevent a natural function of the body.

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  • Once in my kindergarten art class, our teacher had that rule. One kid pissed her pants in the seat since the teacher wouldn’t let her go, and the chair smelled of piss after the kid tried to clean it.
    I think that my answer is self explanatory.

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  • I would just walk out if I needed to go and you didnt let me. If you felt the need to punish me for using the bathroom then I would take it up with head of school.

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  • Teachers who do that are pieces of shit and everyone remembers how shitty that part of ''the school's rules'' was.

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  • People like you shouldn't be allowed anywhere near children and I hope a parent makes a formal complaint about you.

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  • If someone pisses on your floor then I think you ought to clean it.

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  • I think youre a troll.
    Otherwise, i hope you have to clean up a lot of piss and shit!
    If you were my teacher id poop on your desk.

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  • You should buy a mop, you're going to need it.

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  • I'd come in and have a little chat with you and your principle.

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  • Yes it's extreme.

    I would understand if it's the same kid saying it every lesson just to get out of class. That's obvious. But if it's a one-off from a well behaved kid I don't know why you can't see the difference.

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  • My question would be, what's your reasoning for this?

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    • He might have some kind of twisted fetish for doing this to kids.

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    • They are old enough to hold on, they have plenty of breaks. Teachers have to wait.

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      • All my teachers have done is nothing. Don't wait for the kid. Just go on with your lesson. They can be smart enough to ask a friend for notes.

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      • Sort of reasonable, but discretion wouldn't be unreasonable either.

        I don't remember it ever being an issue in school.

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  • Stop being a hardass, that is, unless you're a dirty, sick, pedo who WANTS to see little kids piss and shit themselves while squirming in their seats.

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  • Provided you have some flexibility about this I would consider it perfectly acceptable. Children leaving the lesson to use the toilet should be the exception and not the norm. The whole point of having breaks is to take a short time out from learning to allow the brain and body some recovery time to enable good quality learning to continue to take place. Part of that recovery is dealing with bodily functions such as the need to use the toilet, have a drink or snack etc. Children walking in and out of lessons when they feel like it because they didn't use the toilet at the appropriate time is not only damaging their own education as they may miss something important, it is also disruptive to others in the class and interrupts the flow of the lesson. Different in infants they are still learning to take control of their body, but by year 6 unless it's for medical reasons they should not make more than the occasional mistake in this matter. And in case any of you are wondering, yes I was a teacher for 15 years.

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  • That is disgusting, that's extremely unhealthy and dangerous. You're punishing them by forcing them to lead unhealthy dangerous lives.

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  • One day you might find a surprise poop on your desk.

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  • You should be fired if youre abusing children like that. What if they need to throw up or have diarrhea??

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  • It depends on the length of the lesson- if it's only an hour I'd say that's fair, but after an hour and a half had passed I'd let them go.

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  • Dude karmas a b!#%$.

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