Health Minister Damien Hinds has confirmed that following a request from MP Rachel Maclean, young people will be taught about menopause as well as periods and pregnancy in UK secondary schools.
“This is great news and means that one of the three main aims of the Menopause Support campaign has been achieved”, said campaign founder, Diane Danzebrink.
The change in government policy comes in a letter from the minister to Rachel Maclean, who is a strong supporter of the campaign.
The minister (pictured) says he is delighted to confirm the addition of teaching about menopause within Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) taught at secondary school.
“We agree that this topic is an important part of reproductive health, and that all children should learn about this at school” he adds.
Thanking MP Rachel for her continuing support, Mr Hinds says the subjects, now including menopause, are designed to equip children with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, including preparing them for adult life.
“This is an important victory, and we are so pleased the minister has made this decision” said Diane.
“We have been campaigning for a number of years and it has been one of our three main aims to introduce menopause education in to the curriculum for all teenage boys and girls.
“Every woman and man deserves to understand this phase of life. Far too many individuals and relationships suffer as a result of a lack of understanding of menopause.” she added.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean’s own menopause experiences led her to become an enthusiastic support of our campaign, and, following a meeting with Di a year ago, she declared she was “on a mission” to bring the subject higher up the government agenda.
She put a question to the house on the subject earlier this year and is one of a number of Parliamentarians who have enthusiastically supported the campaign.
While it’s too early yet for details on how menopause will appear in the curriculum, everyone involved in the campaign is delighted that teenagers will now be taught about the topic alongside vital areas such as periods and pregnancy.
“We will be looking to get more clarity on how this will work over the next few weeks” Di Danzebrink added.