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Residential - male/female leaders in same room

Discussion in 'Primary' started by sassy5678, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Need some advice - this is my first residential and I'm supposed to be leading. We couldn't get the usual accommodation and subsequently have only one leaders room.
    Is it reasonable to say no to both of us being in same room? Other options are that one of us sleeps in the dorm with the kids. Equally unhappy whether it's me or other leader as leaves us both open to allegations. Thinking about withdrawing completely. Is that unreasonable?
    What advice can you offer me?
  2. It is unreasonable to sleep in mixed accomodation even for leaders and totally unacceptable to sleep with the children.
    The only thing you could do is withdraw completely and find a new venue.
    Don't put yourself at risk of any allegations or rumours!
    PS I cannot believe you even need to ask about this!
  3. carriecat10

    carriecat10 Occasional commenter Community helper

    No this is not reasonable. Do not even consider it.
  4. Thanks for the reply
    People at school think it's unfortunate circumstance as original leader off on long term sick. Only other person available is HT who is of opposite gender. Believe me, I have spoken to lots of people both inside and outside the profession and getting very mixed answers.
    Hence why I posted.
  5. If you want something "official" ask the H&S people at your Local Authority. They should have someone tasked with giving advice on school journeys.
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    'Mixed' answers??? Seriously?

    No way can you sleep in the same room as someone of the opposite sex on a primary residential. Children will talk and parents will complain. Papers will get involved and you are both likely to end your careers early.

    Sleeping in the same room as the children is totally out of the question, both they and you need privacy. And you open yourself up to all sorts, however careful you are.

    You have to insist on two leader rooms, book a B&B elsewhere and take a third member of staff who can share, or pull out. You really have no other choice at all.

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