School break times can be just as important to the quality of pupils’ education as formal lessons, according to experts.
A major report comparing education systems around the world said many countries were now realising longer breaks were a vital part of the school day.
The report was welcomed by academics, campaigners and teaching unions who believe Scotland should develop more play-based approaches.
Marguerite Hunter Blair, chief executive of the Play Scotland charity, said improving opportunities for play in breaks could be a cost effective “game changer” in the drive to close the attainment gap.
She said: “School break initiatives are amongst the most promising interventions for improving physical activity, academic skills, attitudes, behaviour and social skills.
“Increasing school break times would improve our children’s life chances.” Full article