Puberty Education Programme - FAQ



Programme Contents

How has the ‘About You’ Puberty Education Programme been developed?

The materials used in the programme have been developed by teachers for teachers, using their unique knowledge of the curriculum to create first-rate resources that can be used in schools across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. They are reviewed and updated each year to keep them fresh and engaging.

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What modules are covered?

11-12 years old

  • • Changing Body – including lessons on feminine protection, puberty, growth and development

  • • Healthy Body – covering healthy eating, personal hygiene, exercise and sleep

  • • Emotional Health – covering peer pressure, self-esteem, relationships with others and including #LikeAGirl confidence-building resources

  • • PE* – tackling the sport drop-off in girls at the point of puberty, and helping them build and maintain their confidence


*These modules are available for 11-14-year olds only


13-14-years old

  • • Healthy Relationship with Me – explores confidence, body image and self-esteem

  • • Healthy Relationships with Others – explores what makes a healthy relationship and the importance of consent


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What will I receive?

The programme provides you with a range of engaging and easy to use resources, including:

Downloadable in class resources:
Comprehensive teacher guide
Lesson plans
Activity sheets
PowerPoints including videos

Free Class packs:
Free sanitary pads & information leaflet for your 11-12-year-old girls
Free tampons and information leaflet for 13-14-year-old girls
Parent/carer information leaflet for each girl to take home

Free class packs are available to secondary schools to order and delivered to your school

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Are the downloadable class resources adaptable?

The time required to teach each lesson is highlighted within the lesson plan. All lessons can be split easily into two parts to cater for lower-ability learners and/or shorter school lesson lengths. All resources are easily adaptable for different student levels. Each lesson is designed to cover a specific topic, allowing the teacher to pick and choose which lessons she/he wishes to teach.

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Can I share the downloadable materials with other teachers in the school?

Yes, we encourage you to do this! Multiple teachers from one school can access the downloadable resources, you can share the online resources with your colleagues via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and email by clicking on the share icons in the top right-hand corner of this webpage. Only one teacher per secondary school may request the free class packs.

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Can you send me sample copies of the downloadable materials?

Unfortunately, we are unable to send samples of the materials.

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Class Packs

How do I order my class packs?

Ordering your free ‘About You’ class packs couldn't be easier! Simply REGISTER HERE. Class packs are available to all eligible secondary schools. Each secondary school may only order class packs with sanitary pads for one-year group of 11-12-year-olds and tampons for one-year group of 13-14-year-olds each academic year. 

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Who can order class packs?

Any secondary school in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland teaching 11-14-year-olds is eligible for the programme and class packs. Republic of Ireland primary schools may order free sanitary pads for their 11-12-year-olds.

Each secondary school in the UK and ROI may only order free sanitary pads for one-year group at their school and free tampons for one-year group at their school per academic year. The tampons must not be handed out to girls younger than 13.

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Can primary schools order class packs?

Unfortunately, the class packs are available to secondary schools only, with the exception of Republic of Ireland primary schools which may order free sanitary pads for their 11-12-year olds. However all Primary schools teaching 9-11-year-olds can access downloadable resources available to schools in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Why isn’t the programme available to primary schools in the UK?

Always and Tampax are legally not permitted to offer free samples to primary aged pupils.

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What information will I need to supply to register?

To register for the programme and ensure you receive enough individual student sample packs, we will need: your name; your email address; your telephone number; the full postal address of your school; the number of female students in the year group your school plans to teach the programme to.

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What is included in the free class packs?

Class packs are available to all eligible secondary schools. Each secondary school in the UK and ROI may only order free sanitary pads for one-year group at their school and free tampons for one-year group at their school per academic year. The tampons must not be handed out to girls younger than 13.


11-12-year-olds

  • • Individual sanitary pad sample packs (1x education booklet for girls, 3x day pads, 1x night pad, 3x liners)

  • • Parent/carer leaflet to take home creating a link between conversations going on in the classroom and home


13-14-year-olds

  • • Individual sample tampon packs (3 x tampons)

  • • Parent/carer leaflet to take home creating a link between conversations going on in the classroom and home


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Can materials be sent to my home address?

No. We can only send materials to your school address.

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How many class packs can I order?

You may only order free sanitary pads for one-year group at school and free tampons for one-year group at school once per academic year.

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How many teachers at my school can order class packs?

Only one teacher per school can order the class packs each year, to distribute pads to 11-12-year-olds and tampons to 13-14-years-olds. However multiple teachers may register to download the educational resources.

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Will I have to re-register each school year?

Yes, you will. We will send you an email reminder to re-register and confirm the quantity of free packs required for the upcoming year. If you have any issues in registering, please email us at always@nationalschoolspartnership.com.

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What if I receive too many class packs?

In the unlikely event that you receive more materials than you expected please email us at always@nationalschoolspartnership.com so that we can update your details.

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Will any personal details be collected from the students?

No. We do not collect any personal data from students.

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School Nurses - not based in a school

I’m a school nurse and teach the programme at multiple schools; what information will I need to supply?

Samples are limited therefore you MUST provide details of all the secondary school/s where you deliver puberty education. This year we have simplified the registration for school nurses,  simply register here as usual and follow the following instructions.

Firstly, if you are not already registered to the National Schools Partnership you will need to do this. Register to the National Schools Partnership as a School Nurse by selecting the button ‘Can’t find your address?’ and selecting ‘School Nurse’. After completing the registration process enter the details of the 1st school in which you deliver puberty education to, then at the section ‘add another school?’ you can add all of the subsequent individual schools you teach at.

Please note that this year all products will be delivered to the school(s) that you teach at and cannot be delivered to an alternative address.

If you have any issues in registering at any point, please please email us at always@nationalschoolspartnership.com  and we will be happy to help you to make the process as simple as possible.

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I’m a school nurse and teach the programme at one/multiple schools; can materials be sent to my health centre address?

No. This year all products will be delivered to the school(s) that you teach at and cannot be delivered to an alternative address.

‘I want the packs delivered to the school/s that I deliver puberty education to’

This year all products will be delivered to the school(s) that you teach at and cannot be delivered to an alternative address.

If you have any issues in registering at any point, please email us at always@nationalschoolspartnership.com

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Parents and Carers

Are parents/carers involved?

A parent/carer leaflet is included with the student sample packs and can provide a link between conversations going on in the classroom and home, helping provide guidance to parents/carers on how to approach conversations around the subject of puberty at home and informing them about the ‘About You’ Puberty Education Programme being taught at school. This can help initiate the sometimes embarrassing conversation about puberty. It provides parents/carers with information about the changes their daughters will go through during puberty, and how to raise their confidence.

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Can parents/carers see the materials?

If parents/carers want to view the other materials, they should speak with their daughter's teacher.

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Feedback

Who should I ask if I have any questions regarding the programme or wish to provide any feedback?

We always try to answer your questions as soon as we can and love having feedback so we can continue to improve the programme. Please email us at always@nationalschoolspartnership.com.

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