Education Show 2017: Period education resources for 8-12 year olds launched

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betty for schools is a new, curriculum-linked period education programme. It has been created for teachers of 8-12 year ...

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The thought of teaching periods makes some teachers panic. Research shows that 40% of teachers don’t feel confident teaching a non-Science lesson about periods (EdComs Teachers survey, 2016). If this sounds familiar, don’t worry, betty for schools is a new, innovative, curriculum-linked education programme to empower teachers of 8-12 years olds to tackle the subject of periods. The creators of this new resource will be meeting educators at this year’s Education Show (16th - 18th March, Stand E21-E39) from a double-decker bus!

betty for schools wants to create a generation of girls and boys who are truly at ease talking about periods. The programme encourages open, respectful and honest conversations about periods and the way they affect girls. Aimed at both boys and girls, the free resources are an engaging mix of quizzes, films, animations and interactive activities. Resources are accompanied by in-depth delivery notes and a student follow up booklet to reinforce learnings from the lesson.

Developed with education experts and young people, and accredited by the PSHE Association’s Quality Assurance Mark, the resources have been created with both teachers and students in mind.

“Lesson plans are thorough and follow a logical progression,” said Andrew Goodlad, head of History / PSHE and Citizenship coordinator. “The content will give most teachers confidence, especially non specialists. For pupils it's very appealing as the questions are detailed and far reaching.”

And it’s not just for teachers: the website also included a parent’s section, where they can request free samples and read top tips for talking to their children about all things periods.

Get on board the betty bus

betty for schools is off on a road trip! The betty bus will be travelling to UK schools up and down the country, offering first hand advice and enhancing students’ learnings from the lesson. Register via the website to request a free visit.

Free survival kit for teachers

The first 1,500 teachers to sign up to the website will receive an exclusive betty survival kit full of goodies to support the lesson. At this year’s Education Show (16th - 18th March, NEC Birmingham) find them at Stand E21-E39.

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