Free period products for all schools and colleges in England
Free period products are to be made available to all schools and colleges in England, as the Department for Education launches its fully funded scheme.
The new scheme is set to give pupils easy access to period products at school or college, helping to break down stigmas and ensure no young person’s education is disrupted by their period.From Monday 20 January, schools and colleges across the country will be able to order a range of period products from supplier PHS Group, making period products readily available for all young people when they need them.
Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said:
Periods are a normal part of everyday life and we do not want young people missing out on lessons because of them. We know that it is not easy for everyone to access period products where and when they need them. This scheme will deal with those problems so young people can go about their daily lives without getting caught out if they have come on their period unexpectedly, forgotten to bring products with them or if they can’t afford the products they need.
This follows the Government’s commitment last year to fully fund period products for all state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. It also forms part of the Department’s ambition to improve provision of products for young people, helping to support campaigns to break the stigma around periods and raise awareness of menstruation. The scheme also comes just months before health education becomes a compulsory for all state funded primary and secondary schools, under new guidance on relationships, sex and health education from September 2020 – to ensure all young people learn about living healthy lives, including menstrual wellbeing.
The Government also introduced the £15 million annual Tampon Tax Fund to support women’s charities – and made a commitment to end period poverty globally by 2030.
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School springs into action
North Tyneside will be looking spick and span this spring thanks to the return of an annual campaign and commitment from the local community.
With help from local residents, businesses, schools and community groups, the Big Spring Clean aims to combat litter and dog fouling in North Tyneside.
And this week, pupils from Richardson Dees Primary School helped launch the campaign, which is celebrating its 11th year.
The pupils were invited to take part in a clean-up of the school grounds alongside the council’s environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog.
Cllr Carl Johnson, cabinet member with responsibility for the Environment, said: “As the council, we strive to make sure our borough is an attractive place to live, work and; visit, and we couldn’t manage that without the help of the local community.
“The community involvement we see every year from the Big Spring Clean is fantastic. So many of our residents get involved and the pride they take in their local area makes our job so much easier.
“I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone that gets involved when we run this campaign – so many people and groups in our borough work to keep their local area spotless every day.”
Also part of the campaign, young people from the Princes Trust worked to transform an area at TyneMet College.
The group took neglected planters and improved them with help from the council – planting bulbs to grow over the spring and carrying out a litter pick on the grounds.
Running from March until the end of May, the Big Spring Clean invites the public to take part in council and community-led litter picks, that the authority will support by providing gloves, bags and litter pickers.
The campaign has seen extraordinary successes in the past, with over seven tonnes of litter being removed from the borough when the initiative was ran in 2018.
This year’s Big Spring Clean is part of the council’s Love Your Street campaign, encouraging residents to take pride in their local community.
There are a number of ways residents can get involved with this campaign, including litter picks and flower plantings.
The council will support residents in their efforts, supplying litter picks and bags for any street clean-ups and offering to collect any rubbish collected afterwards.
To find out about council-run litter picks, or to organise your own, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0345 2000 103.
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Ofsted research project: Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education
Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations. Ofsted carried out research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) in London.
The research looked at 3 broad questions:
What are schools, colleges and PRUs in London doing to safeguard children and learners from knife crime while on school premises?
How are schools, colleges and PRUs in London giving children the knowledge and skills to stay safer in their local communities?
How are exclusions being used when children bring knives to school?
Overall, Ofsted’s study shows that it is extremely rare that children are caught up in serious violence on school grounds. However, it is also clear that schools’ valuable role in local partnerships is not being realised, leading to inconsistencies across London in the way schools respond.