The School Toilet Charter
The School Toilet Charter was created before the launch of the Bog Standard campaign in 2004. We consulted amongst pupils, members of the Youth Parliament, teachers and our health and education advisors. The charter covers a standard for pupils' toilets that can be reasonably expected in all schools. Some schools reach standards that go well beyond these basic requirements.
Some school staff may question the first standard of allowing pupils to go to the toilet when they need to. We encourage staff to read our Facilities and Access Guidelines
- Pupils must be allowed to use the toilet whenever they
- There must be enough toilet cubicles for girls and boys.
- Toilet cubicles must be private and have doors that lock.
- Pupils with special needs must have suitable toilets that
they can get to and use easily.
- Toilets must be looked after properly and not smell.
- Warm water and soap must be provided, plus towels or hand
- There must be enough toilet paper in all cubicles.
- Sanitary products and sanitary disposal units must be
provided in toilets for girls aged eight and over.
- Toilets must be free from bullies and smokers.
- Schools must have a policy to keep pupils' toilets clean
and in good condition.
- Pupils must be involved in managing and improving their
- All complaints about toilets must be taken seriously.
We have produced the Charter in different versions for pupils of different ages. We also have the original version for adults. All can be printed.
Printable version of the above charter for pupils
Colourful poster version of the above charter for pupils
Printable version of the charter for primary pupils
Printable version of the charter for infant pupils
Printable version of the original charter for adults
Does your school meet acceptable standards?
You can download and print a one
page summary checklist for schools to check whether
your school meets acceptable standards for toilet and drinking
water facilities and access policies for pupils.
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