Providing free period products: guidance and tools
Understand how the DfE's free period product scheme works, including how it's funded and how to order products. Download our parent and pupil consultation pack and use our poster to alert pupils to the signs of toxic shock syndrome.
What's the scheme?
It’s not a mandatory scheme, but the DfE is urging schools to take advantage of it because it wants to eliminate barriers to education faced by pupils who have periods.
If you decide to take up the scheme, there are some important equality, and health and safety requirements you'll need to follow. We've explained these in the section on safety information (see below), and have also highlighted the requirements in boxes throughout this article.
A variety of:
- Single-use and reusable period pads
- Applicator and non-applicator tampons
- Menstrual cups
- Period pants
Girls, non-binary pupils and transgender pupils who have periods should be able to access these products if they need them at school.