The government has announced free sanitary products will be made available in primary schools across England in early 2020 as it continues its bid to tackle period poverty and stigma.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said in his spring Statement last month that Westminster will fund period provisions for secondary schools and colleges – and was criticised for snubbing primaries.
Now children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi has confirmed that the Department for Education will fully fund access to free period products for more than 20,000 primary schools.
Zahawi said the 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”.
He added: “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.”