To mark World Menopause Day this Sunday (October 18th), Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, is celebrating menopause being taught in school for the first time thanks to the campaign led by Rachel and menopause campaigners.
Until now, the menopause has not featured on the school curriculum. This led Rachel to join menopause campaigners and specialists to lobby the Government to ensure students are taught about the menopause.
This successful campaign led to the former Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to write to Rachel last year to announce the addition of teaching about the menopause within Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education at secondary school.
Rachel has now welcomed the teaching of this new curriculum which became compulsory when students return to school in September.
“Having gone through the menopause myself, and the effects this had on my life, I’ve been determined to ensure menopause is better understood. After all, it’s not just women who will be affected by the menopause, men will be affected too.
“The compulsory teaching of the menopause is an important step on the journey to greater understanding of the menopause. Pupils are taught about periods and the menstrual cycle, but until now have not been taught about the menopause and the effects this can have on women.
“I’m incredibly proud of the campaigners and specialists I worked with to make menopause education a reality. There is a lot more to do, but menopause education is vital in increasing understanding and awareness of the menopause.”