Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said: "It is excellent news that period products will be available in schools and colleges for free. The government is to be commended for listening to experts and extending the provision of free period products to primary as well as secondary schools.
“Too many children miss out on vital education each month as a lack of access to period products forces them to miss school. Even those pupils who do not suffer period poverty will benefit from free access to period products, breaking down stigma and ensuring no child is without protection during what can be a vulnerable time.
“We’d urge the government to monitor the new scheme closely, so that if take-up numbers are low initially, then more can be done to advertise the service, and to guarantee that every pupil can access a period product that meets their needs.”
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