The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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4 Oct 2017

The betty bus visits Scotland

Betty for schools

There was pink as far as the eye could see at the Scottish Learning Festival, thanks to the team from betty for schools. The group of facilitators who deliver workshops to schools about period education, parked up at the festival in the bright pink and yellow betty bus to share how betty educates children about periods and gifted festival goers with a bright pink betty for schools tote bag.

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The betty bus makes visits all over the UK, and most recently has travelled to schools in areas of Scotland, where the trained facilitators deliver through a free, PSHE curriculum-linked period education programme to children aged 8-12 in the form of an immersive one hour sessions.

These sessions are designed to help girls understand what happens to their bodies as they grow up, deal with their periods and the roller-coaster of emotions that come with them. Whilst the girls are in their session, the boys get to experience a separate workshop of their own focusing on empathy and developing understanding of what girls’ experience during their period, and how to support them. The overall aim of betty for schools is to create a generation of both boys and girls who feel truly at ease talking about periods.

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The online interactive resources have been designed by betty, together with education experts and young people, to encourage open and honest conversations about periods and the way they affect girls.

Teachers can sign up to the free educational programme and bring betty into their school via:

www.bettyforschools.co.uk/