Play Training for Schools

Children play for up to 20% of their school day and it is often sited by children as their favourite part of school. It is an important time for children to test and practise important life skills and enjoy being a child. Ensuring play times are fit for purpose and providing children with the tools they need to develop and succeed requires dedication, creativity, an open mind and often a fresh perspective.

School play training provides a comprehensive programme of training, support and services for MDSAs, pupils, teaching staff, senior leaders and finance officers to enable schools to achieve an outstanding, effective and enjoyable play experience benefiting children, staff and parents.

Course Content

Review and evaluate your current playtime setup.

Teaching of indoor and outdoor games and activities.

Positive behaviour management skills.

Implement playground charters & agreements.

Playground observations with detailed feedback.

Supported planning sessions for MDSAs.

Embed and sustain changes & improvements.

School Council meetings: research and feedback.

Communication skills development for MDSAs.

Play theory for MDSAs to reinforce its purpose.

Effective purchasing & use of equipment and space.

Equipment purchasing support and advice.

Play leader games and comms training.

Playground demos alongside MDSAs and play leaders.

Game building: spontaneous creative thinking.

Support with measuring impact over 6 – 12 months.


Positive play experiences for children.

Confident & motivated staff.

Keenness to implement high quality play.

Reduction in negative playground incidents.

Promotion of healthy lifestyle through active play.

Raised understanding of the importance and impact of play.

Raised awareness and utilisation of team-member strengths.

Children supported in developing social and interaction skills.

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Delivery Options


  • 2-hour session
  • Real Game Guide books available
  • Participant certificates
  • Course hand-outs provided

Two-part Support

  • 2x 2-hour sessions
  • Active learning
  • Observation & feedback
  • Playground demonstration

Support & Sustain

  • 3x 2-hour sessions
  • Games & activities
  • Observation & feedback
  • Supported playground session

Sustain & Embed

£92per session
  • Multiple 2-hour sessions
  • cross-staff & pupil training
  • Termly training options
  • Real Game Guide books available

Choose your prefered content from the menu. I will create a package specific to your setting.

Copies of The Real Game Guide games books are available for £15 for the set of volume 1 and 2.

20% evenings and weekends charge will be added if applicable.

Travel expenses applicable, dependant on location at 20p per mile from Bath.