Free period products will be available to all schools in Gedling borough from today (January 20), the government has said.
The new scheme is set to give pupils easy access to products and help ensure lessons aren’t disrupted by their period.
Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said: “Periods are a normal part of everyday life and we do not want young people missing out on lessons because of them.
“We know that it is not easy for everyone to access period products where and when they need them.
“This scheme will deal with those problems so young people can go about their daily lives without getting caught out if they have come on their period unexpectedly, forgotten to bring products with them or if they can’t afford the products they need.”
The new scheme has been launched just months before health education becomes a compulsory for all state funded primary and secondary schools in the borough under new guidance on relationships, sex and health education from September 2020 – to ensure all young people learn about living healthy lives, including menstrual wellbeing.
Amika George, founder of #FreePeriods, said campaigners had been waiting for this day for ‘a long time’:
She said: “Free Periods has been fighting for every single child in this country to be able to go to school without worrying about their next pad or tampon. For the first time in history, this scheme will ensure that becomes a reality.
“We ask that schools have open conversations with students about what they need and start signing up to the scheme – no child must miss out. Free products in schools will ensure that every child can learn and be their very best, without periods holding them back.”