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Play Leaders

What is a Play Leader?

We are extremely lucky to have some excellent Play Leaders at Redbourn Junior School.  They carry out a very important role and help to ensure the children enjoy a happy and productive lunchtime.

Our Play Leaders are Year 6 pupils who have undertaken training which has helped them to develop their leadership skills. They all recognise the importance of being organised, planning the sessions well, knowing the games they want to organise with the children and making sure the equipment is sorted before the start of the session. The Play Leaders come up with lots of different ideas for activities to deliver during the lunchtime break and these help to keep children entertained and active and minimise disputes that might otherwise occur.

Recent studies have noted that the time pupils spend in the playground is approximately 20% of their school day. The Play Leader programme helps pupils to utilise this time in a positive way. By running a Play Leader programme we have noticed the following benefits:

  • Pupils develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication, cooperation and a sense of responsibility

  • The work of adults within the school is supported e.g. Staff on the playground are supported by Play Leaders delivering activities at lunchtime

  • Older children are provided with an opportunity to work with younger children, thereby promoting integration and social inclusion and citizenship

  • Playground incidents are reduced in number

  • Pupils return to lessons with increased concentration and this helps to raise achievement across the whole school

  • Increased activity at playtime encourages pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle and helps to reduce the problems associated with obesity

Our Play Leader scheme is run by Miss Sarah-Jane Stephens. She helps to ensure the Play Leaders choose appropriate games for the children to play and helps them with their organisation.  The Play Leaders work in teams of 5 on a daily rota basis.  They are easily recognisable in their Play Leader vests and the younger children generally can’t wait to start playing.

We have noticed a real improvement in the behaviour of the pupils in our school at lunchtimes.  Here’s what some people have to say:

I think it brings the school together because children from different year groups play together more. We come up with fun activities that the children enjoy and this keeps them occupied and helps stop arguments. (Daisy – Play Leader)

I’ve noticed that some of the silly behaviour on the playground has stopped and the children are working together more.  It makes the playground a happier place and the children go back to class with a positive attitude, more ready to work. (Emilia – Play Leader)

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