Banning pupils from going to the loo during lessons is taking the pee

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Is there anything more annoying than being in full flow, delivering the lesson of your career, when a pupil sticks their hand up, and announces that they, too, will be in full flow unless they run to the toilet? Well, probably, but for the purpose of this column, let’s say “no”.

Can you imagine the outrage if managers suddenly demanded that their employees asked for permission before heading off to spend a penny? And then, imagine if they said: “No, you can’t go to the toilet during working hours.” So, asks primary teacher Shannen Doherty, why do we think it’s OK to tell children they can’t go ...

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