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Helen Waite

Helen Waite, Deputy Director School Food and Flexible Childcare, Department for Education

How DfE helped learners access education. Period.

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When the government launched a state scheme providing free period products in English schools and colleges, it not only helped tackle period poverty, but broke the stigma and raised awareness about menstruation. In January 2020, the Department for Education launched a …