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betty panel debate announced at Festival of Education

betty for schools is excited to announce that we will be hosting our very own panel debate at the Festival of Education. The session will take place on Friday 23rd June between 14:10-14:50 in the upstairs Library.

It will feature the following speakers, who will debate the interesting topic “Is the way we teach PSHE at schools contributing to a ‘period taboo’ culture in society?”

Claire Blackmore - Chair

Claire is the Editor for betty.me – a teen lifestyle brand that helps girls (and boys) understand more about periods, puberty and everything in between. Before joining betty, she worked as a lifestyle writer across a number of women's magazines including Marie Claire, InStyle and OK!

Dr Yasmin Walters - Doctor

Yasmin Walters is a doctor currently working in the East of England. She was born and raised in Birmingham, before heading off to medical school at the University of Cambridge. When she's not roaming the wards ,Yasmin likes to make videos about female sexual and genitourinary health i.e. periods, vaginas and all those things we need to get talking about more. She also writes articles of sexual health, blogs about life as a junior doctor and tweets about everything and nothing @yasminleighw.

Jade Dalrymple - Teacher

Jade is a Year 6 teacher and Head of RE/ PSHE/ British Values at The Pines School in Berkshire. She has been a teacher for six years, and lives in Bracknell, Berkshire with her fiancé. She has taught children and young people about periods and sexual health and is passionate about the need to equip young people with the knowledge and understanding of themselves and their bodies.

Kim Constable - PSHE specialist and teacher blogger @hecticteacher

Kim Constable has been a teacher for over 10 years across multiple subjects in the Secondary curriculum. Prior to getting her current position teaching sociology, psychology and PSHE at a state boarding school in Norfolk she trained in London where she continued to work for four years, then headed to work in a British school in Europe for 2 years. She blogs and tweets as Hectic Teacher, and shares cross-curricular resources and ideas on her website in the aim to encourage more active and innovative teaching.

What a lineup! Why not come and say hello and join in the debate? You can purchase tickets for the Festival of Education here. Don’t worry if you can’t make it - we’ll be streaming it live on our Facebook channel @bettyforschools.