Pilot scheme to address period dignity in schools

The pilot scheme to address period dignity in schools, which launched in September 2021, aims to promote period dignity and tackle period poverty, helping pupils to reach their potential, by promoting confident attendance at school, primarily through the provision of free period products.

The pilot scheme was approved by the Northern Ireland Executive and is being delivered by the Department of Education in close partnership with CCEA and the EA. CCEA continue to help embed the scheme through curriculum materials and teacher professional learning and the scheme is operationalised through existing EA processes and systems.

Post Primary Schools, Special Schools and EOTAS settings were allocated a budget in June 2023 to purchase period products under the scheme and Primary Schools were supported through a stock allocation exercise in October 2023. A number of schools made requests for an additional 2023/24 Period Dignity funding allocation via a DE budget survey in Autumn 2023.  The amounts on the spreadsheet linked below will be allocated by EA in December 2023 or shortly thereafter. Additional stock will be provided to primary schools who have requested it in the New Year.


Information on how budgets have been calculated, as well as guidance and support on the scheme, are provided at;

Service delivery and reports

The most recent OBA Report Card which summarises the impact of the scheme can be accessed here:

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