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Order free period products for your school

The period product scheme makes free period products available for pupils in all state-funded schools and 16-19 education organisations in England. The scheme aims to break down the stigma around menstruation and ensure a young person's education is not disrupted by their period.

The scheme has now been extended to run until July 2025.

Following the initial announcement early in 2019, NAHT urged the government to extend the scheme to primary schools. We are pleased that the government listened to us and other organisations, and the scheme is now available to all phases.

The government has released data showing how this scheme was utilised by schools in 2021. The data shows that:

  • 94% of secondary schools and 61% of primary schools made an order using the scheme. In 2020, this was 76% of secondary schools and 41% of primary schools
  • 48% of all products ordered were eco-friendly/reusable, an increase from 30% in 2020.


Schools and colleges should have received an activation email from PHS to enable them to order a variety of products, including eco-friendly options, from the PHS group via its online portal, MyPHS. If you have not received the activation email or cannot find it, call PHS on 01827 255 500. For more information, please see this guide from PHS.

The government has produced guidance on the following:

  • which pupils are eligible
  • choosing and ordering period products
  • distributing products within institutions
  • tackling the stigma around periods. 


PHS will email you in September with details of your new spend cap and instructions for ordering. Information on how the spend cap is calculated is available here.

You will be able to select from a wide range of period products, varying in type, size and brand. 

You may want to speak to learners about the types of products to keep in stock, and you must provide learners with safety information for each product in an accessible format before they use the product.

Further information is available in the 'your responsibilities' section of the guidance

First published 09 July 2024
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