Alison Motion - The Good School Playground Guide

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Alison Motion - The Good School Playground Guide

  1. 1. The Good School Playground Guide
  2. 2. “You can't teach young people about risk from a text book they need some practical experience. That's why cosseting children and seeking to remove all risk from their experiences ultimately leaves them ill equipped for adult and working life. “ “We should not deny them the opportunity to learn by taking risks. Seeking to protect them from every conceivable hazard, rather than sensibly managing the genuine risks they face, ultimately leaves them in harm's way, not to mention robbing them of memories that last a lifetime. “ Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE
  3. 3. School grounds are particularly important! • Available to all • Regular access • Time • Accessible – eliminates travel time and costs • Fostering ownership and responsibility • Community links
  4. 4. Be creative and imaginative
  5. 5. Encourage physical activity and develop physical skills
  6. 6. Connect with nature
  7. 7. Teacher-free learning
  8. 8. Improves behaviour Reducing boredom Positive emotional wellbeing
  9. 9. “Outdoors is often a better place to learn than indoors.” CfE guidance  
  10. 10. and ..... Fewer than 10% of children now play regularly in natural spaces Contact with nature has halved in a generation  
  11. 11. What does it look like?
  12. 12. Varied topography
  13. 13. Big sand
  14. 14. Logs & boulders
  15. 15. Water play
  16. 16. Hiding spaces
  17. 17. Reduced mowing
  18. 18. Risk & challenge
  19. 19. Loose materials
  20. 20. Loose materials
  21. 21. Bespoke rather than catalogue
  22. 22. Scottish Government Project 30 schools in 8 Local Authorities over three years Capital plus whole school support Case studies, exemplar schools, champion head teachers. Free ‘toolkit’ type resource for all schools.
  23. 23. Strong school support School management processes Parental engagement Risk Benefit Assessments Support Staff training Troubleshooting – for example mud, rain, mixed aged play A friendly shoulder!
  24. 24. Play design expertise
  25. 25. support An overview of good practice Forwarded by Sir Harry Burns Endorsed by wide range of partners Grounds for Learning is the operational name of Learning through Landscapes in Scotland

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