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Menopause: A hot topic in schools
When you take into account that almost half of the entire UK workforce is women, that 3.5 million are aged over 50 and that most women will work until well into their 60s, menopause is something we all need to be thinking about. According to the research, menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic. Whilst some women sail through menopause with few or no symptoms, menopause can bring with it a host of unwanted symptoms, ranging from the clichéd hot flushes and night sweats, to brain fog, insomnia, depression, lack of concentration, memory loss, mood swings and more. All of these can impact a woman’s performance, conduct or attendance at work and this is something which has been highlighted recently by ACAS and not gone unnoticed by Trade Unions. Given the number of women in the UK’s schools, it is vital that school leaders and line managers have an awareness and understanding of the symptoms of menopause and possible effects. Our guest speaker, Deborah Garlick Chief Executive of Henpicked, will provide the facts about menopause and will give advice about managing the symptoms. She will discuss government research and statistics and will give examples of best practice. Deborah will explain the business case for talking about menopause and will give guidance on how schools can best support staff through this normal life event Senior HR Manager Laura Clark will discuss the legal issues around menopause in the workplace explaining how failure to take menopause into account could lead to employment law claims including grievances, breach of contract and possibly age, sex and disability discrimination claims. Laura will provide some practical tips on reasonable adjustments and managing day to day employment issues.
Who's it for?
Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Line Managers.