How schools are tackling the menopause

Teaching might be a female-dominated profession but it is only just starting to confront one of the biggest challenges for women in the workplace: the menopause. Schools are now, at long last, beginning to tackle this great taboo, write Emma Seith and Dave Speck – and talking openly about the subject is providing enormous relief to teachers who have been suffering in silence

How schools are tackling the menopause

The cursor hovered over the “send” button at the top of the email, and it was a good 30 minutes before Judith Murphy finally summoned the courage to press it, she recalls. The modern languages teacher is 51 years old and, two years ago, the perimenopausal symptoms she was experiencing became impossible to ignore. She was floored by crippling fatigue, chronic breast pain and anxiety.

The email was a survey going out to all colleagues – some 300 teachers and support staff – to ask if other women at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh were struggling and whether they, too, needed support.

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