Support our Nation today - please donate here

More must be done to improve education around menstrual cycles in schools – Deputy Minister

21 Feb 2024 4 minute read
Deputy Minister Hannah Blythyn discussing the Period Dignity Drive with pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni

More must be done to improve education around menstrual cycles if period dignity is to be tackled in schools, the Deputy Minister for Social Partnership Hannah Blythyn has said.

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.

New curriculum

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.

The Welsh Government’s Period Proud Wales plan aims 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.

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

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.


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 Deputy Minister for Social Partnership visited Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni’s Gellihaf campus in Caerphilly to see their ‘Period Dignity Drive’, which aims to inform pupils about the reality of periods and empower young girls to talk about their bodies in a confident way.

The school is also taking shared ownership of period facilities being developed across two sites.

Period Proud Wales

Ms Blythyn 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.

“It has been a privilege to see first-hand the ‘Period Dignity Drive’ being carried out at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and their efforts to empower young pupils to talk about their bodies in a confident way.

“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.”

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.”


Tracey Neale, Assistant Head of Welsh-medium secondary Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, said: “We are proud to showcase how we are embedding period dignity in our curriculum and how we are supporting young girls and families across the borough.

“It is imperative pupils are taught about the reality of periods and we remove the stigma of talking about them, so they aren’t afraid to reach out for help and are better informed about them.”

Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.