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School staffing: It’s time to take the menopause seriously

How does your school support colleagues who may be affected by menopause symptoms? Legal and HR expert Kelly Rayner offers some important advice and practical tips

It is finally being talked about. The menopause has always been a part of women’s lives, yet it is only recently that a natural part of the ageing process for half the world’s population has begun to be properly discussed in the workplace.

I have spent a decade advising schools on legal and HR issues and when I look back at how many questions I have dealt with on menopause, all of them have been within the last three years.

The pandemic and the current cost-of-living crisis has raised awareness of the personal pressures many of our colleagues face and this has helped to propel the menopause from the shadows – and not before time.

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