Primary schoolgirls are set to receive free sanitary products from next year, the Government have announced today.
The scheme announced last month to provide sanitary products to secondary aged schoolgirls free of charge was criticised due to girls starting their periods earlier and the scheme has now been extended to include primary schoolgirls.
All primary schools will offer free sanitary products from early 2020. We will make sure every child gets the support they need to lead active, healthy, happy lives.
— DfE (@educationgovuk) 16 April 2019
Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:
“This Government is determined to ensure that no-one should be held back from reaching their potential – and wants everyone to lead active, healthy, happy lives.
That is why earlier this year we committed to fully-fund access to free sanitary products in all secondary schools and colleges in England.
After speaking to parents, teachers and pupils, we are now extending this to more than 20,000 primary schools so that every young person in all our schools and colleges gets the support that they need.”
Amika George, founder of #FreePeriods, said: ”
This is fantastic news, and we’re so glad that the government has extended this pledge to primary schools. Period poverty should never be a barrier to education.With free access to menstrual products for every child in compulsory education, every student can go to school without the anxiety or stress of worrying where their next pad or tampon will come from. This commitment will ensure that all children can fully participate in lessons and focus in class, and their period will never hold them back.”