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Education Scotland funded Smart Play Network and Aberdeen Play Forum to work in partnership with Possibilities for Each and Every Kid (PEEK) to carry out two three day fully evaluated pilots with Pupil Support Assistants across Stirling and Aberdeen. The pilots were successfully delivered in Stirling in March 2013 and over the winter of 2013 and 2014 in Aberdeen, with extremely positive feedback received from the individuals who attended.
What does the training involve?
This course is targeted primarily at school staff and in particular Pupil Support Assistants, Playground Supervisors and Teachers. The training draws on many of the most important themes in creating active, outdoor play – including ‘free play’, risk in play, loose parts and play types. This training programme is aimed at increasing the confidence, knowledge and skills of school staff that supervise playgrounds during break and lunch times through interactive activities. A huge benefit of this training is the sharing of experience and ideas of Playground Supervising Staff. We have found that it is reassuring for practitioners to hear that issues they have are often shared by others.
The duration of the course can vary from two to three days depending on the requirements of the school.
Smart Play Network also offers the opportunity of an introduction to ‘free play’ through another training programme called Get Free Play (normally a one day course). Please click here for more information.
Want to find out more?
If your school is interested in this training or to find out more, please click here to contact us. This means that we can discuss with your individual requirements, potential venues, dates and costings.