Too close for comfort?

29th June 2007 at 01:00
how well do you know your pupils? More to the point, how well do you want to know them? This was the dilemma facing staff from Wilberforce primary in Westminster, central London, while on an ideas-swapping trip to China.

Intrigued by the chance to build closer links with a Beijing elementary school, headteacher Angela Piddock was being given a guided tour of the buildings when she was caught short. Staff showed her to the toilets but there was a surprise waiting. Not only were the facilities shared between teachers and pupils but, wait for it, there were no doors.

Ms Piddock said: "There was a curtain off the corridor, but then there were the toilets opposite each other with nothing covering them.

"I found that interesting, shall we say. It was a bit of an issue for me, but obviously not for the staff and children at the school."

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