The government's scheme (launched on 20 January 2020), 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.
Following the initial announcement early in 2019, NAHT urged the government to extend the scheme to primary schools, and we are pleased that the government listened to us and other organisations, with the scheme now available to all phases.
Schools and colleges should have received an activation email in January 2020, enabling them to order a variety of products, including eco-friendly options, from PHS Group via their online portal MyPHS.
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.
Between January 2020 and December 2020, you have a total amount to spend. You can see the amount you can spend for the first year on the PHS portal.
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 21 January 2020