St Wulstan's & St Edmund's Catholic Primary School (Good Practice)
Introduction of lunchtime 'Play leaders'.
With the retirement of two (of six) lunchtime welfare staff, we seized the opportunity to 'remodel our workforce' and make significant changes to our lunchtime provision.Staff and pupils met to discuss what it was that we wanted to improve within the lunch period. We decided on the following:
Happy and cheerful children who 'knew' how to play games with one another
Resiliant staff who would learn and then teach games to children. Staff with well developed 'listening skills'. Staff who would negotiate with one another and children.
Family Learning Mentor already employed would act as Team leader
We re-negotiated the contract of two TA's to cover the lunch period
Three further staff were recruited - a young man with poor employment history, & two young women with an interest in becoming a TA. CRB checks organised.
Parents, staff & pupils quickly began to organise fund raisers and we bought a significant amount of equipment for lunchtime use. The playgrounds were re-marked with 'old fashioned' games eg. 'hopscotch'.
Success! Lots of happy children
The number of 'accidents' recorded in the accident book fell dramatically. Children quickly learned the games and demanded "more". We quickly realised that 'areas for quiet' games were needed and set up 'car carpets' & 'home areas'. During the next school holiday we built a 'stage', planted shrubs & climbing plants for shade.
School 'buddies' were trained with 'new' games