According to critics, the lessons in which students as young as eight would be told that “all genders have periods” are unnecessary and they can easily confuse the young children.
Teachers have been issued guidelines in which they are told that they should avoid offending girls who identify themselves as boys.
The teacher guidance states that trans boys and men and non-binary people may have periods, and it guides teachers to teach their students that language about menstruation must be inclusive for all genders, and they are ordered that bins for used period products must be provided in all toilets.
However, critics have described these new guidelines as “insanity” for teachers to be explaining the concept to 8-year-olds. Tory MP David Davies said that learning about periods is already a difficult subject for children so young, so the idea that boys also have periods will leave the students completely confused.
Feminist campaigner Julie Bindel said that telling children that boys can also menstruate may put girls that need support into the sidelines.
The guidance came only after it was reported by a school in Brighton, England, that there are 40 students in the school who do not identify as the gender presented at birth.
It has been stated by Brighton & Hove Council that they hope to reduce the stigma around transgender people and make sure that no child will feel shame in asking for period products inside or outside the school, and they want to encourage effective education on menstruation and puberty.