Twenty schools from across Northern Ireland have been selected to participate in a new play programme funded by the Department of Education. 

The play programme which focuses on Covid-19 recovery, will support the schools to enhance their outdoor play offer and improve children’s school-based play experiences during this academic year. Ten schools will complete PlayBoard’s Taking Outdoor Play Seriously (TOPS) Quality Assurance Award and ten will take part in Positive PlayGrounds.

The programme was officially launched by Minister Michelle McIlveen at PlayBoard’s AGM and Seminar which took place on 4 November, Outdoor Classroom Day – watch the video message below.

We look forward to working with the schools to develop their outdoor play over the coming year.

For enquiries on PlayBoard’s work with schools email