Talking about menstrual health to be compulsory in English schools by 2020

New curriculum guidelines in England's schools will also cover issues such as consent, domestic abuse and cyber safety.

Lydia Morrish
Lydia Morrish NewsMavens, United Kingdom
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Why this story matters:

Many children and young people grow up confused about sex, sexuality and sexual health.

The sex education curriculum in England hasn't been updated since 2000 -- that's 19 years worth of knowledge about relationships, sexually-transmitted diseases and female reproductive health that have not been covered by the school's curriculums. 

But an update to sex ed, being introduced by September 2020, will include a range of women's issues, such as menstrual health, and relationships issues that are LGBT inclusive.

Details from the story:

  • Sex education has been compulsory in England since 2017, but the curriculum hasn't been updated since 2000.
  • A public consultation into what should be in the lessons has been ongoing, with the future plans being etched out.
  • Menstrual health, for the first time will be compulsory in primary school – age 5-11. Issues such as periods, the menstrual cycle and conditions like endometriosis will also be taught.
  • Pupils will learn about relationships from primary school age, and sex and relationships in secondary school.
  • Other topics on the radar include consent, relationships and internet safety, all of which will be LGBT inclusive. 
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