Petition Make female hormone health a compulsory part of the curriculum starting age 10

The Government should add the following mandatory content to the Health Education curriculum:
- The role of hormones on overall bodily functions at KS2
- Sex hormones and reproductive health, inc. menstrual cycle, fertility, different methods of contraception (pros and cons) at KS3

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The average age of starting periods is 11, yet it’s not mandatory in year 5 to learn about puberty – schools are simply told to teach about it ‘before onset’. Also, when learning about menstrual cycles in KS4 biology, learning about hormones is not required.

According to a 2017 Plan International survey, 48% of girls felt embarrassed by their period - education at the right age would improve vocabulary, understanding and confidence.

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