Play

Playgrounds play a great part in the development of a child, the memories in a play park are often ones that are remembered. They’re the place where we play and explore risk, socialise with others and create memories that we will treasure long into adult life — but what happens when the risk becomes all too much? Retailers of lawn top dressing and play bark, Compost Direct have provided us with some research on playground safety and some suggestions on how to improve the levels of safety in a play area.

BMI provides great result for sports area, pupils at a South East London school can now enjoy sport at height thanks to the timely completion of a rooftop ‘ multi-use games and sports area ’ or MUGA. Flat roof specialist Byford Roofing tackled the job knowing that the installation was complex and demanding but also that the schedule was tight.

We can’t escape the fact the UK is facing a ticking obesity timebomb with children not getting enough exercise and activity.  MUGAs are a great way to encourage young people to move more without it feeling like a chore

Gone are the days where children just want to play football, rugby, cricket, netball and hockey at school. There is a whole world of different sports available and also an eclectic mix of students that need to feel challenged and stimulated by physical activity and these traditional sports can sometimes dis-engage rather than engage in physical activity.

Athletic Development Days are a fun way to measure pupil’s athletic abilities and introduce fun and engaging long term athletic development programmes (LTAD) to schools. 

As if this new partnership wasn't exciting enough, as a 20th anniversary year offer, any school who works with Playforce in 2018 will be able to access one of these days free of charge*. During the day GCP coaches will deliver a range of challenges and fun sessions to the whole school, measure performance and hold a briefing session with school staff. 

The sessions will enable schools to:

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Wednesday 15 November 2017

If you look back and reflect on your childhood now you’re an adult, you will most likely smile at memories of riding your bike, playing hopscotch and playing outdoors with your friends – traditionally, outdoor play is a staple part and often a highlight of every child’s upbringing — but is it in decline?

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Tuesday 14 November 2017

A mum of two has written a toolkit which assists primary school teachers in empowering their pupils to overcome bullying in the playground this Anti-bullying Week.

With this year’s Anti-Bullying Week taking place this week(13-17 November), Laura Gilchrist – author of ‘Playground Buddies’ – is keen to raise awareness of how her toolkit could make a profound difference in many children’s lives.

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Wednesday 26 July 2017

A prestigious chess challenge for UK schools has won the support of a leading businessman and author. 

Lord Mark Price, Minister of State for International Trade, made the decision to support and sponsor the Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge (the UK’s leading junior chess competition) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of chess to young children. 

The Delancey UK Schools’ Chess Challenge, owned by previous UK Chess Champion, Sarah Hegarty, has been running for 21 years and has seen over 1,100 schools sign up to the challenge this year.  

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Tuesday 25 July 2017

A Northumberland first school has commissioned a pottery painting expert to ensure that their values and ethos will be on display to pupils, staff and visitors.

Lorna Watkinson from Warkworth set up her business, Rainbow Pottery Painting in 2012 after taking her redundancy from the corporate world of advertising. Her business has gone from strength to strength after seeing success across schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Almost a third of all primary school leavers lack basic water safety skills, a new report reveals. 

The Swim Group’s Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group has issued a stark warning after uncovering startling statistics in their recent survey. 

As curriculum pressures increase, swimming in primary schools is being placed on the back burner, but the Group warns that children will continue getting into difficulty in the water if improvements are not made. 

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Friday 21 July 2017

Starting in 2018, more funding is going to be allocated to schools for PE, extra-curricular activities and healthy eating. The money is coming from the sugary drinks levy. All state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and sixth forms will receive some of the money.