'Betty bus' makes a stop in Downend

Published on: 23 Jun 2017

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GIRLS from a Downend school have been visited by a new education bus designed to help young women feel more comfortable learning about periods.

The 'betty for schools' bus stopped off at Christ Church Junior School as part of a nationwide tour aimed at teaching young women about periods in a more open way. 

Pupils experienced
interactive activities on board the bus and took part in one-hour sessions helping explore how periods can affect them both physically and emotionally, and encouraging them to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable raising in the classroom. 

Boys were offered the opportunity to take part in separate sessions on puberty, focusing on their understanding and attitude towards this perfectly natural time of month.

Rebecca Martin, head of partner relations at betty for schools, said: “We’re really excited to be touring the betty bus, and it’s been fantastic to see such positive responses from the teachers and pupils involved."

The betty bus is part of a new curriculum-linked period education programme for teachers of pupils aged 8-12.

A programme of free resources has been created together with education experts and young people and is accredited by the PSHE Association. 

A website - www.bettyforschools.co.uk - includes a section for parents, with advice and information to help them tackle conversations with their children about periods.

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