Post-Qualifying Leadership (PQL) Programme

The Post-Qualifying Leadership (PQL) programme is designed to support new and aspiring leaders in schools, Further Education Colleges and other educational settings to deliver whole school improvement. The units on the programme are led by experienced leaders from across the primary, post-primary and College sectors.

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Summer of Play Challenge

Get involved in this year’s Summer of Play!

PlayBoard NI has joined with other organisations across the UK to call for children’s play to be prioritised this summer to repair some of the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic on children’s well-being. Summer of Play campaigners including charities, businesses and child development experts are asking organisations to pledge to support a Summer Of Play to help bolster children’s mental and physical health as the Covid-19 restrictions ease.

Play is vital for children’s physical and mental health and development, yet coronavirus restrictions have greatly restricted children’s access to play and outdoor activities. It is hoped that this campaign will help children recover from the impact of repeated lockdowns and give those who’ve been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic the opportunities they need to play and have fun.

Pledge your Support

Pledge your support for children to have space and time for play this summer by supporting fun, friends and freedom! Organisations and individuals can pledge support and find out more about the Summer of Play campaign at Get involved and show your support on social media using #SummerOfPlay and #FunFriendsFreedom.

Summer of Play Challenge

To help children and young people enjoy a summer of play this year, PlayBoard is sharing the Summer of Play Challenge! The challenge is a list of the top 20 fun activities to try this summer (as voted for by our followers) – tick them off to keep a record of a fun summer of play!

Download PlayBoard’s Summer of Play challenge at

Play Matters!


Infant Mental Health

To promote Infant Mental Health week the Interim Mental Health Champion for Northern Ireland, Professor Siobhan O’Neill has recorded a short video aimed at parents of young children (approximately age 0-4, although not age specific).  She gives her tips to parents about what they can do to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing which is so important for children’s development, and talks about how to encourage young children to express their feelings and the importance of self-care for parents.   Professor O’Neill also draws on her experience as parent of a 4 year old.


A direct link to the video is also included below:



‘Fair Play’ CWD Small Grants Scheme

For parents of children with a disability, finding appropriate childcare can be challenging. In order to address this issue, the Health and Social Care Board are now calling for applications to the Fair Play Regional Small Grants Scheme which will provide funding to facilitate the inclusion of children with a disability in early years or childcare services. Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Department of Health.

The closing date for applications is 5pm Friday, 18 June 2021. (Please return the application form by post or email). Please contact Kirstein Arbuckle if you require any assistance on 028 95 361064 or email