Skip to comments.New toilet design to tackle bullying
Posted on 05/02/2007 6:11:01 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
UNISEX wash basin areas could be built in schools to help tackle bullying.
The move is part of recommendations covering schools in England being rebuilt or refurbished as part of the Government's £45bn Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.
BSF aims to rebuild or renew every one of England's 3,500 state secondary schools during the 15-year lifetime of the initiative.
The new guidelines were issued by the Government agency responsible for delivering the programme, Partnerships for Schools.
Toilets in Schools was published earlier this month and details new toilet block designs to be incorporated into all BSF schools.
It is hoped the new designs will combat bullying in secondary schools and make toilets more attractive, cleaner and safer for pupils to use.
The agency recommends making hand-washing areas unisex and more visible and placing toilet blocks opposite classrooms and staff to improve the way they are supervised.
Gravesham Teachers' Association secretary Brian Chadwick said: "Any improvement which helps reduce bullying to a minimum is something we would support.
"But this would only be the tip of the iceberg and we would expect schools to have checks in place to deal with bullying anyway."
Councillor Michael Snelling, who represents Gravesham Rural at Kent County Council, said: "The real problem with toilets is they are enclosed spaces but I think this can be designed out when we're building schools for the future."
As well as overhauling the design of toilets, the BSF programme will address anti-social behaviour through further design features.
Dead-end corridors and dark corners will be avoided and the general visibility in all parts of schools will be increased.
Other recommendations include having blurred glass cubicles and not having urinals.
Partnerships for Schools chief executive Tim Byles said: "Toilets in BSF schools will no longer provide bullies with places which lend themselves all too readily to anti-social behaviour."
I wonder when school authorities in the US and UK will get around to self-defense curricula and fighting lessons for victims of bullying? Oh, that’s right, they’re into pacifism now...
The muslims want us all to pee sitting down? And what of the unisex washbasins...wouldn’t they want the boys and girls separated?
The Euro-feminists are really on a jihad against urinals, aren't they?
Ah...that makes sense. Feminists + Muslims = no urinals.
Møøselimb men are required to squat to pee...
My hunch is that instead of separate wash basin areas in each restroom, there will be a single (probably larger) wash basin area at the restroom entrance. The toilet areas would still be segregated and would "share" the hand-washing room.
Some of the boys will probable like this setup - and most of the girls will probably hate it.
Whats this toilet fixation lately?
I could say something but people may think I am a “potty mouth”.
I believe one of the oldest bars in the country, McSorley’s in NYC, when finally court-ordered to allow women into the bar (early 70’s IIRC), just kept the one bathroom.
So then they can transfer their "dirty" hands to the door handles for all to enjoy and appreciate....where are the towels...in the cafeteria?Idiots!
If that had been the case in Clinton's White House, the course of history might have been different (snicker).
I like the pictures. Where are they at ? The pics of the ladies on the wall reminds me of the bathroom at the Sofitel Hotel in Queenstown, NZ.
Just thought it was something interesting to post...
They have added shiny chrome plates over the sinks to replace the glass ones that were constantly smashed.
Take a walk through your great school system sometime. You never know what you'll find.
Also, there was an earth flag hanging from the ceiling of the gym, and no American flag.
This is an "Earth flag."