Period education bus gets another vehicle to meet demand from schools

An organisation that tours schools on a bus educating boys and girls about periods is getting a second vehicle following overwhelming demand for the sessions.

The ‘betty bus’ is a travelling classroom that delivers free interactive workshops to children aged eight to 12 about periods and how to deal with them.

Designed to support the PSHE curriculum, the scheme also works with boys to develop their understanding and empathy towards that time of the month.

Since first launching in March, the bus has now visited over 70 academies, comprehensives, free and private schools across England and Scotland.

The second touring bus will be ready by September, allowing the scheme to be accessed by a further 380 schools.

Becky Hipkiss, the education manager at Betty for Schools, said: “The tremendously positive impact of the bus and overwhelming number of requests we have received for it are both cause for celebration and pause for thought.

“We’re delighted that young people get so much from their experience and that teachers see it as so valuable, but this also highlights the real need for a change to the way we teach about periods.”

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