Northern Ireland: free period product pilot scheme rolls out in schools

22 November 2021

A three-year pilot programme has been launched to make period products freely available to pupils in primary, secondary, special schools and EOTAS (education other than at school) settings.

The scheme is expected to cost £2.6m and is being delivered in partnership with the Education Authority, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and schools.

The programme will be supported with curriculum materials and communications by CCEA.

Period poverty campaigner and Year 14 Strathearn school pupil Ellie Massey said: ‘Period dignity is such an important issue to talk about and this project has the potential to have a positive impact on the lives of so many students.’

Education minister Michelle McIlveen, said: ‘No one should miss out on their education because they cannot afford or access these essential products.’

She said the scheme ‘will also tackle the lack of understanding and the stigma around periods’.

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