In the Spring Statement, Philip Hammond committed to ending period poverty, with a commitment of a fully-funded scheme to provide free sanitary products for girls in secondary school.
This comes after a survey from Plan International in 2017 found schoolgirls were skipping school due to being unable to afford tampons or towels, while others were using socks in place of sanitary products.
It is expected that the scheme will follow the initiative set up in Scotland last year, which provided access to tampons and sanitary pads free of charge. The Department for Education will be working on this project for implementation in September 2019.
Governors and trustees in secondary schools should be aware of this expected provision.
Additionally, Governors and trustees should also be aware of the required PSHE, which stipulates that alongside education about puberty, menstruation should be a specific focus, as well as providing adequate and sensitive arrangements to help girls cope with menstruation and requests for sanitary protection.