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New free-to-access elearning course launched to support puberty education and reduce period poverty

The stigma and shame surrounding periods can be detrimental not only to girls’ mental health but also to their education. Research shows that 49% of girls in the UK have missed a full day of school because of their period.

That’s why Brook has teamed up with Lil-Lets, to support professionals delivering puberty sessions to young people.

The new Brook Learn course has been specially designed to equip educators with the knowledge, confidence and skills to deliver high-quality relationships and sex education (RSE) on the following topics:

  • Body changes
  • Reproduction and periods
  • Emotional and mental health
  • Developing sexual feelings

Providing young people with good quality puberty education helps to prepare them for the changes they experience during their transition to adulthood and breaks down harmful taboos. 

It also plays an important role in challenging gender stereotypes, celebrating body diversity, advocating self-care and promoting tolerance and understanding.

Helen Marshall, Chief Executive at Brook, says:

"As experts in young people’s sexual health and wellbeing, we know that speaking to young people about puberty can be challenging for teachers. That’s why we’re so proud to be working with Lil-Lets to offer this free eLearning course, ensuring that those working tirelessly in classrooms feel fully supported to deliver these vital topics."

From September 2020 RSE will become mandatory in secondary schools in England, while primary schools will be required to teach relationships education. In line with the new government guidelines, all young people should learn about ‘menstruation and menstrual wellbeing’ as part of the curriculum.

Educating young people about periods is the first step in challenging the stigma that surrounds menstruation and empowering young people to understand their bodies and fertility.

 Mary Young, Marketing Director at Lil-Lets, commented:

“We are proud to be working with Brook and have enjoyed developing this e-learning course in partnership with them. As a brand, we always strive to make a difference to those in need and felt Brook wholeheartedly shared this passion. We know that educating all genders about their bodies with high quality, reliable and accurate information helps them to navigate puberty with confidence and reduces harmful taboos. In addition to this, by supporting education professionals and young people, we hope to put a stop to the stigma that is often a contributing factor to period poverty.”

To access the Brook Learn puberty course, register for free at www.learn.brook.org.uk

The new course joins a suite of free resources available from Brook’s website. Existing Brook Learn topics include contraception, consent and pleasure, with new courses on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and abortion launching later in 2019.


About Lil-lets

Lil-Lets is a leading UK feminine hygiene brand, with over 60 years of expertise. The brand is passionate about providing a wide range of quality sanitary protection products, so consumers can find products that are right for them, whatever their age or life stage; these include tampons, pads and a range designed specifically for Teens. Lil-Lets are also there to answer questions and offer advice on a range of topics including puberty, periods, pregnancy and menopause. For more information visit www.lil-lets.com.

For media enquiries please contact Brook's press office on 07789 682831 or email press@brook.org.uk

Notes to editors

Brook believes that young people should have access to great sexual health services and wellbeing support.

Brook provides free and confidential sexual health information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and education programmes, reaching nearly 235,000 young people nationwide every year.
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