Commenting on the Chancellor's announcement during his Spring Statement of free sanitary products in all secondary schools and colleges from the new school year, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
“It is very welcome news that free sanitary products will be available in schools and colleges from the next academic year. Too many girls miss out on vital education each month as a lack of access to sanitary products forces them to miss school. Even those pupils who do not suffer period poverty will benefit from free access to sanitary products, ensuring no child is without protection during what can be a very stressful and vulnerable time.
“It would, however, be good to see free sanitary products further extended to year 6, as many girls start their periods before secondary school. The government deserves a lot of credit for recognising this issue and for solving it as quickly as possible.”
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