Hannah Blythyn MS at a Period Dignity school visit
Hannah Blythyn MS at a Period Dignity school visit


The Welsh Government’s Period Proud Wales plan sets out the ambition to embed period dignity in schools and improve appropriate education resources around menstrual cycles.

Menstrual well-being and learning about the menstrual cycle is mandatory within the new Curriculum for Wales. The Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) Code sets out the learning which should be taught over time as children grow.

It is hoped improving the availability of educational resources and learning around menstrual cycles will remove the stigma of talking about periods, improve the understanding of them and dispel the taboos and myths around them.

This includes the likes of the Hwb – Busting the Myths educational resource, which is primarily aimed at secondary school pupils.

In her Welsh Government capacity, Hannah Blythyn MS said,

“More must be done to improving education around menstrual cycles if we are going to tackle period dignity in schools.”

Two core aims of the Welsh Government’s Period Proud Wales plan are to tackle period poverty, by improving access to period products, and ensuring period dignity, by removing any sense of stigma or shame associated with periods.

In 2022 the Welsh Government increased funding to ensure that period products can be accessed free of charge by learners in schools, Further Education Institutions and to those in need in communities to £3.9 million.

Member of the Senedd for Delyn, Hannah Blythyn MS said:

“Tackling period dignity is a key part of our Period Proud Wales plan. We must do more to improve education around menstrual cycles if we are going to tackle period dignity in schools.

If we can remove the stigma of talking about periods and dispel the myths and taboos that surround them, we can improve the menstrual wellbeing and awareness of pupils in schools across Wales. This will in turn benefit their health as they become adults.”

A research report into the Period Dignity Grant found that progress is being made in improving the availability of period products, including through schools, for those who struggle to access them.

The report also recommends there should be more information provided to people, alongside education, about periods in a bid to overcome the stigma and taboos around talking about them.

Work has also begun to co-produce education resources on menstrual wellbeing as part of the mandatory learning within the RSE Code. The Welsh Government are working with others to ensure practitioners are able to draw on professional support and resources that are publicly available and shared with other schools and settings across Wales.

Education Minister Jeremy Miles said:

“We are striving to improve education resources around periods and ensuring period dignity is considered in guidance for schools, local authorities and colleges.

Menstrual well-being is included in our curriculum through the Relationships and Sexuality Education Code, which is currently being rolled out in our schools. We’re also working with the Higher Education sector to promote period dignity as part of institutions’ well-being policies and practices.”

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