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Schemes to provide free period products to pupils in schools should be extended to ensure personal dignity and that no student misses out on their education due to their period, representatives at the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union have argued today.

Period poverty can present a significant barrier to learning for many students. 

The Conference, being held in Birmingham, has heard a call for funding for current schemes set up by Governments and administrations across the UK to distribute period products to pupils via schools to be continued and expanded upon.

This should enable schools to have items such as soap, underwear, tights and clothing available to students during their periods if they need them, representatives have argued.

Dr Patrick Roach, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Period poverty is a very real problem affecting thousands of young people. It is not only an affront to their personal dignity, but also impacts on their ability to attend school and focus on their learning.

“The creation of schemes to distribute period products in schools and colleges was an important recognition of the need to provide such products as a basic entitlement. It is unacceptable that the Westminster Government has not committed to funding to ensure this provision continues beyond this academic year.

“We not only need to see these schemes maintained, but expanded, to ensure that every pupil has free access to the products and support they need.”


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