Schools can't be expected to toilet train kids, says UK authority
"This is wrong."
Toilet training should be the job of parents alone, a leading authority in education has said.
There is growing evidence in the UK that children are starting school without having been taught to go to the toilet by themselves, according to Ofsted, the British Office for Standards in Education.
"This is difficult for teachers, disruptive for other children and has a terrible social impact on the children affected," chief schools inspector Amanda Spielman will say in her annual report this week, reports Sky News.
"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."
In the report, Ms Spielman is set to be critical of the pressure on schools to do parents' work for them.
Schools can't be expected to solve things like the obesity epidemic, she will say, an teachers should be free to simply teach.
"Yes, schools can and should teach children about the importance of healthy eating and exercise in line with their core purpose; their PE lessons should get them out of breath.
"But beyond that, schools cannot take over the role of health professionals - and above all parents."