Free sanitary products for female students in receipt of free school meals
March 31, 2017
Education Secretary, Justine Greening, has told Members of Parliament that she will consider the issue of providing free sanitary products for children receiving free school meals.
During Monday’s Education Questions in the House of Commons, Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, drew the response from the Education Secretary when he highlighted the issue of girls not attending school because they could not afford sanitary products.
A change.org petition, launched only a week ago, is calling for schools across the UK to give pupils free sanitary products and has already attracted well over 49,000 signatures.
The charity Freedom4Girls provides sanitary products for women in Kenya and, after being contacted by a school in Leeds concerned about the attendance of teenage girls, is now doing the same in West Yorkshire.
Often through the use of Pupil Premium funding, schools already take many practical steps to support disadvantaged students who face barriers to learning because of factors associated with poverty. NGA has published guidance on using Pupil Premium to help governing boards assess its impact, and the provision of sanitary products in school may sit well with examples of Pupil Premium spend such as the purchase of bus passes, providing breakfast and buying clothes and shoes.