Toi­let train­ing left to teach­ers, says Of­sted

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Katie Mor­ley CON­SUMER AF­FAIRS EDI­TOR

TEACH­ERS should not be ex­pected to toi­let train fouryear-olds, Of­sted’s chief will tell par­ents.

De­liv­er­ing her sec­ond an­nual re­port as the body’s chief in­spec­tor, Amanda Spiel­man will state how a ris­ing num­ber of chil­dren are start­ing school with­out be­ing able to carry out ba­sic func­tions like com­mu­ni­cat­ing and us­ing the lava­tory.

“This is dif­fi­cult for teach­ers, dis­rup­tive for other chil­dren and has a ter­ri­ble so­cial im­pact on the chil­dren af­fected,” she will say. “This is wrong. Toi­let train­ing is the role of par­ents and car­ers and should not be left to schools. Only in the most ex­treme cases should par­ents be ex­cused from this most ba­sic of par­ent­ing tasks.”

Ear­lier this year Damian Hinds, the Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary, said that “so­ci­ety asks more of schools than it did a gen­er­a­tion ago”.

Teach­ers are now ex­pected to look af­ter pupils’ men­tal health and check for signs of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion, as well as mon­i­tor health and so­cial is­sues such as do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

In front of an au­di­ence of ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial care pro­fes­sion­als in cen­tral Lon­don next week, Ms Spiel­man will also high­light a blur­ring of the lines of re­spon­si­bil­ity for tack­ling is­sues such as obe­sity, child ne­glect and gang-re­lated vi­o­lence.

She will add: “While schools can play a role in ed­u­cat­ing young peo­ple about the dan­ger of knives, they can­not be a panacea for this par­tic­u­lar so­ci­etal ill. Pre­vent­ing knife crime re­quires all lo­cal safe­guard­ing part­ners to work to­gether.”

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