Creating Excellence in Primary School Playtimes

Creating Excellence in Primary School Playtimes

How to Make 20% of the School Day 100% Better

Michael Follett


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School playtimes account for 20% of a child's school life, but how can schools ensure that this time is as beneficial as possible for primary school pupils? Emphasising the importance of play in child development, this book identifies the key challenges facing schools during break times and sets out a complete strategy for effectively managing playtimes that are fun-filled and offer children greater long-term benefits.

With before and after case studies showing how school playtimes have been transformed through the author's OPAL Primary Programme, this book demonstrates how to improve common issues such as behaviour, staffing, space and facilities in a sustainable way that capitalises on investments in equipment and training. Promoting wellbeing and healthy child development, this book provides inspiring reading for primary school staff and play workers, and creative ideas and ready-to-use solutions that will help schools to meet Ofsted criteria for excellent play.


Michael Follett:
Michael Follett is a qualified Early Years teacher, and has worked for numerous local councils, charities and government departments as consultant and strategist for play and children's spaces. He was a Trustee of Play England, and in 2011 he set up OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) which delivers training and consultancy nationally and internationally on play in schools, play equipment and landscapes development, and development of play policy. He tweets at @OPALOutdoorPlay and his website is