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 will be allocated a budget in June each year to purchase period products under the scheme to the end of March and Primary Schools will be supported through a stock allocation exercise in September.

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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