PALS is a student-led peer leadership program in which grade 4-6 students are trained to plan and lead fun and safe activities on the playground during lunch or at recess.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for student leadership
  • Increase students’ sense of belonging and inclusion
  • Increase opportunities for physical activity to improve students’ physical literacy

PALS is adapted and reproduced with permission from Peel Public Health.

How to Start PALS At Your School

School Liaison Public Health Nurse can consult with the principal and/or school staff to provide an overview along with resources for program implementation.

Program Requirements

Schools are responsible for:

  • Designating 1-3 school staff to oversee the program as PALS Facilitators
  • Recruiting students in grades 4 to 6 to be PALS Leaders
  • Facilitating and/or co-facilitating training for PALS Leaders
  • Supplying equipment needed to lead and play the games
  • Overseeing the program launch, promotion and related school events

Student Leader Training

PALS leaders receive training that covers:

  • Safety on the playground
  • Qualities of a leader and leadership styles
  • Communication skills
  • Games training
  • Conflict resolution

For more information go to the PALS Facilitator Training Guide and Student Leader Guide (also available in French) and the PALS Student Handbook (also available in French).


PALS leaders are taught to lead a variety of games that are inclusive and promote physical activity and physical literacy. More information on games is available online (also available in French).

Schools can contact a School Liaison Public Health Nurse for more information.