Tes talks to…Anthony Pellegrini

9 April, 2018
Categories: Blog

The educational psychologist tells Helen Amass that while play is important for children’s development, we have little to gain from trying to incorporate it into lessons and teachers should focus on motivation and social skills instead Play is for the playground, not the classroom. This is what educational psychologist Anthony Pellegrini wants you to remember the next time you are planning a lesson based around interactive games or modelling clay.  Full blog


Councils urged to get rid of No Ball Games signs in exercise drive. The Scotsman

5 April, 2018
Categories: Blog

MSP Ruth Maguire urges councils to get rid of No Ball Game signs to allow more children and young people space to play.

Play Scotland, the national organisation for play supports this move, CEO Marguerite Hunter Blair says “Ruth Maguire is a dynamic Play Champion and Play Scotland welcomes this much needed campaign. The social, physical and health benefits of children playing freely outside far outweigh the outdated reasons for having NO Ball Games signs.”  Full article

Friends in need are friends indeed

4 April, 2018
Categories: Blog

School bullying is depressingly common but having a group of friends, not just a single “bestie”, may bolster a child’s resilience, says Andrew Trounson, a writer for the University of Melbourne’s research publication platform, PursuitFull blog


Limiting children’s screen time to maximize outdoor play

3 April, 2018
Categories: Blog

Governments and education leaders must work better together to steer children away from the potentially damaging effects of excessive online time in favour of the wider benefits of traditional ‘play’ activity.


That’s the view of education writer Maria Onzain, who cites reports claiming too much social media use by teenagers can result in addiction and depression. However, she admits today’s increasingly connected world means it is ‘harder than ever before to peel children away’ from their electronic devices.  Full blog


Childhood exposure to green space ‘may help’ brain development

29 March, 2018
Categories: Blog

A new study by Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Hospital del Mar and UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, says being raised in a greener neighbourhood can benefit a child’s developing brain.  


Around 250 children participated in the study which found primary school children raised in homes with lots of green areas around them tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas of the brain. Those anatomic differences are in turn associated with beneficial effects on cognitive function.  Full blog


In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience

12 March, 2018
Categories: Blog

Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now, cautiously, getting into the business of providing it.

Four years ago, for instance, teachers at the Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School looked critically around their campus and set about, as one of them put it, “bringing in risk.”  Full blog