Many Children Are Starting School In Nappies

by Alison Coldridge |

Just weeks after Ofsted issued a ten point checklist that children have to meet before starting school, it’s emerged how many five year olds haven’t been potty training properly

Ofsted’ first ten-point checklist requires that all children are ‘potty trained and able to use the loo’ before starting school – a requirement that isn’t yet being met, new research has shown.

A report conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research and commissioned by Sky News Investigation has found that many five-year-old school children are still wearing nappies.

Some 602 primary school teachers around the country were asked to complete a survey showing just how many of their pupils were still wearing nappies and almost one in 10 of the senior staff polled said a child aged between five and seven had worn a nappy to school in the past year. Classroom teachers said this figure was five per cent.

And it’s not just younger school children still wearing nappies. The investigation showed that a shocking number of older children without medical problems – up to age 11 – still don’t know how to use the toilet properly.

‘We're seeing more and more children wearing nappies,’ says Anne-Marie Middleton, a deputy head from Dover. ‘We find that more and more children have an issue with toilet (training) further up the school.’

If you need help with potty training, take a look at the 10 steps for success.

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