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Childhood continence campaign opens for School Toilet Award entries

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The campaiging arm of the national children’s charity ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) is offering schools the chance to win exciting prizes as recognition for their efforts with pupils’ toilets.

The Bog Standard campaign is aiming to improve all school toilets nationwide, encouraging and supporting schools to make all toilets meet the needs of their pupils.

The School Toilet Award recognises and rewards schools that care about their pupils’ toilets. To qualify for the award, toilets do not have to be new or fancy; they just have to answer the needs of all pupils.

The award was prompted by a recent survey of 160 UK schools and 49 school and specialist nurses that revealed a universal call for minimum standards for school toilet facilities.

In addition, recent research has indicated that 36% of secondary school pupils say that their toilets are never clean, with 42% reporting that soap is only available sometimes, and another 19% that there is never any soap. 40% of secondary school girls say they hang on all day so they don’t have to use the school toilets, while 1 in 4 of all secondary school pupils said that their toilets were too disgusting to use.

Schools who take care to ensure that their toilets are cleaned properly, well stocked and in good working order, are being encouraged to enter. All successful schools will receive an award certificate and use of the award logo on marketing materials. The award hopes to help the school gain recognition from parents and their local community for their efforts.

The award is valid for three years and there is no cost. All entries received by World Toilet Day will be entered into a prize draw to win prizes which include:

  • A storyteller visit suitable for primary or secondary schools.
  • 10 Michael Morpurgo books suitable for children.
  • A selection of Steve Cole books suitable for primary schools.
  • A selection of Steve Cole books suitable for secondary schools.

Details of how to enter can be found at the Bog Standard School Toilet Award 2011 page.

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