9 in 10 Girls Fear Going to School on Their Period, Study Finds
October 5, 2018
Polling company, YouGov, has found that 91% of girls fear going to school on their period, contributing to 35,000 missing lessons as a result, while 94% of boys stated they do not properly understand menstruation. The ‘Fear Going to School Less’ report aims to put a spotlight on what is still sometimes a ‘taboo’ topic for schools.
The research, conducted in association with menstrual care brand Bodyform, has highlighted the lack of education children receive about periods and the disparity in understanding between girls and boys. 72% of boys claim to have no dedicated education on periods, but 66% of male respondents to the survey stated that they believed they should know about menstruation.
Traci Baxter, marketing manager at Bodyform, has argued that lack of education on the topic has led to a bullying culture. She’s stated: “our research found that there is a lack of period education for boys which is resulting in a generation of boys not knowing basic facts about periods and sometimes joking and teasing”.
Governors should be aware of the statutory guidance which they should be following to ensure that children at their schools receive a well-rounded and balanced education beyond core subjects.