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Focus on play – supporting the right to play in schools

03-09-2021

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This issue of Focus on play provides information and guidance for head teachers, teachers and school governors. It considers the crucial role of children’s play in promoting positive mental health and discusses ways schools can promote play as we continue to help children deal with the uncertainties they have faced.

Originally written to support schools re-opening after coronavirus lockdowns, this Focus on play remains relevant and features information about:

  • The right to play
  • Play and well-being
  • Creating the conditions for play
  • The role of schools in supporting play
  • Actions to turn policy into practice.


Although this issue is aimed at head teachers, teachers and school governors, it offers useful information for all those with a responsibility for providing opportunities for children to play.

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