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.

The Period Dignity Pilot Scheme has been hugely successful and will conclude in June 2024, to make way for permanent provision under new legislation, approved by the Assembly. Post-Primary, Special Schools and EOTAS settings have been allocated budgets to cover the remainder of the scheme.  Arrangements for Primary Schools will be confirmed later in the 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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