YOUNGSTERS at three schools in Northwich have been visited by the Betty Bus to learn about periods.

Pupils aged eight to 12 at Rosebank School, St Bede’s Catholic Primary and University of Chester Academy Northwich took part in sessions which were designed to teach young women about periods in a more open and engaging way.

During the bus visits, girls took part in the one-hour sessions with trained facilitators, to explore how periods can affect them both physically and emotionally, and to encourage them to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable raising in the classroom.

Meanwhile, boys were offered the opportunity to take part in separate sessions on puberty, focusing on their understanding and attitude towards periods.

Richard Russell from University of Chester Academy Northwich, said: “The visit from the Betty Bus has been really beneficial for our students.

"They had the chance to ask all the questions that might otherwise not have asked, and it has helped them feel relaxed, engaged, and open when it comes to talking about periods.

“It has also helped our teachers feel empowered to talk more openly about this topic – not always an easy one to address – and I think we’re now in a much better position to break down the stigma surrounding periods for our students.”

Becky Hipkiss, education manager at Betty for Schools, added: “It’s having a really positive impact on both teachers and pupils.

"Our research shows that 94 per cent of girls and boys who have received bus visits find them useful and 98 per cent of teachers think the bus is a fun and interactive experience for the kids."

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