DJW I understand you have deep feelings of inadequacy when you compare yourself to others of the same sex as you probably did in the showers at school and you obviously desperately wish you were someone else, someone more mature and more intelligent, one who has grown up since his schooldays and who doesn't have your hangups or fetishes about boys and PE kits but this obsession and desire to be me is getting embarrassing now.<quoted text>
I agree JM 1983
If showering is optional the teacher should ensure that there is enough time available for those pupils
who wish to shower.
To encourage personal hygiene, washing could be an alternative to taking a shower. If this is the
preferred option for pupils, the following questions need to be considered.
Are there enough sinks available within the changing room area to allow all pupils to wash within a
short space of time?
Do the sinks provide private washing or will the open row of sinks just encourage the splashing of
hands and face?
Where do pupils hang their towels?
Is soap available or are pupils encouraged to bring their own?
Showering is a very sensitive issue, with many pupils finding the experience embarrassing and one
which causes anxiety. Teachers need to be aware of all the issues related to showering and act with
due consideration. The teacher has a duty of care and must be present within the changing area.
However, they must be careful to avoid compromising their position by being drawn into individual
situations e.g. being alone with a pupil in the changing rooms or condoning pupils being tormented by
others. The showering situation provides the opportunity for ridicule and unpleasant comments
between pupils. Teachers must be careful not to tolerate or encourage this kind of distressing
behaviour and ensure that at all times pupils are treated fairly and with due respect.
The school policy for showering should be made explicit to parents/guardians and be included within
the school handbook.
Carol Gronow (General Adviser for Physical Education and Sport) is available to provide advice and
consultancy on all aspects of curriculum, management and organisation of physical education in
schools. Contact Number: 01480 375599
Clay, G. Standards In Primary and Secondary Physical Education OFSTED 1995-96
The British Journal of Physical Education Summer, 1997 Vol.28 No.2
Tinson, S (1998)Like a lamb waiting to be slaughtered. The implications of compulsory showering
on girls in physical education. Unpublished Masters Dissertation, University of Southampton.
I am Phil, you are DJW.
Please go and stalk someone else.