FIGHTING PERIOD POVERTY ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME

One in Ten girls in the UK are unable to afford basic sanitary products, recent research shows.

To help tackle the problem, betty for schools, the award winning period education programme, has identified 13 local authorities across The UK to donate free femcare products to as part of a drive to help tackle period poverty, and ensure that all young people have access to the education they need to feel more confident and comfortable talking about periods.

Within each local authority it pinpointed the top 20% of schools which have the highest percentage as indicators to identify the most deprived areas which would benefit from free femcare products and tackle period poverty.

The announcement comes as betty for schools celebrates its first birthday and a milestone of reaching half a million pupils and 3,700 schools in the UK by returning to the Education Show in Birmingham a year after it launched at the event.

An innovative programme aimed at boys and girls aged 8 – 12 is designed to highlight both the emotional and physical aspects of period education and combines PSHE accredited digital resources with experiential workshops delivered by a touring ‘betty bus’, to encourage open, respectful and honest conversations about menstruation.

The betty bus has previously visited 210 schools in the UK and has had a significant impact on the 17,000 pupils it has reached. Research commissioned by the betty team found that after a betty for schools workshop, 69% of girls said they felt less scared or worried about starting their period, and 81% of boys stated that they felt they knew how to support someone if they were feeling unwell or emotional due to their period.

The betty for schools programme, which is provided free of charge to schools, plans to build on the year’s successes and elevate period education to the forefront of PSHE education and the curriculum, with the aim of reaching every girl and boy aged 8-12 in the UK.

The team will bring period education to more schools for another year, with 900 schools currently on the waiting list for a visit from the betty bus, and demand for the resources remaining high amongst teachers.

betty for schools resources – which have been downloaded over 60,000 times – are film-led and have been created with education experts and young people, to empower teachers to deliver sessions with confidence.

To find out more about betty for schools or to download the betty for schools PSHE accredited free teaching resources, go to: www.bettyforschools.co.uk