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Child Home Positive Playtime Practice

Positive Playtime Practice

Targeted intervention led by pupils and midday supervisors that transforms the daily wellbeing behaviours of everyone in the school playground

Child Home Positive Playtime Practice

In association with Andy Lewis MBE of Bespoke Mentoring & Coaching

Leading the way to wellbeing | Report of the Director of Public Health 2017/18
Child Home Positive Playtime Practice
Child Home Positive Playtime Practice

What is it?

Child Home Positive Playtime Practice
It takes the most unstructured time of the day and totally transforms it to engage pupils in more of the Government Foresight’s ‘Mental Capital and Wellbeing’ project outcomes (click here for full reference).
This, 5 ways to wellbeing approach, boosts engagement, happiness, social interaction, physical activity and continues learning out of the classroom, as well as decreases isolation, poor behaviour and low mood.

Why is it needed?

Child Home Positive Playtime Practice
In 90% of schools I’ve visited, pupils and staff share that on a daily basis, they see the following at break time and lunch time:
  • Isolated pupils
  • Unhappy pupils
  • Pupils who stay by adults
  • A lack of play opportunities
  • Playgrounds dominated by football
  • Poor behaviour from pupils in a low mood
  • A narrow range of games being played
  • Midday supervisors wanting extra support, training and understanding of how to engage target pupils

How does it work?

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1. Whether it’s cluster training, or in school delivery, Chris will take all participants through a journey of active behaviour assessment against the 5 ways to wellbeing. The outcomes of this analysis will link throughout the session to current break time and lunch time outcomes. Everyone who attends the training will use De Bono’s hats and a human bar chart approach to understand why they currently get the outcomes they are and what they can do to improve those outcomes.


2. Once the baseline has been undertaken, action planning, driven by the children using their new insight, is then undertaken to bring the 5 ways to wellbeing to life outside in the playground – examples are shared from previous action planning sessions with over 50 different activities available for the pupils to choose from or tweak and adapt for their playgrounds (This activity is undertaken by adults during cluster training and gives them an insight into how to set up the action planning phase with the pupils back at school)


3. Finally, we look at targeting pupils with the MDSV: Through a discussion based approach, MDSV highlight a number of children they see as being isolated, withdrawn, presenting low level poor behaviours, etc. These pupils are then planned into specific tasks linked to the 5 ways.


4. Cluster training offers insight into the process, and staff who attend are given the resources to then go away and set up PPP training in their own setting.


5. If cluster training is undertaken and schools wish to have PPP delivered personally, this is also a popular option (See below).


6. For schools looking to use this as an intervention to achieve a recognised Healthy Schools Award, this fits perfect, with 2 data snap shots set up to show starting points and progress linked to knowledge and behaviour change.

Who is Chris Powell?

Nationally recognised creator of Wellbeing programmes

Leader of Positive Playtime Practice, Chris Powell, receiving an award for Best National Community engagement organisation at the 2017 National Fitness Awards.

Child Home Positive Playtime Practice

Chris Powell is an independent Health and Wellbeing Lead Teacher who is also currently working in association with:


Gloucestershire County Council in its Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning Lead Teacher Team (GHLL)


Active Gloucestershire, as a physical activity specialist supporting schools to plan for a successful sports premium spend


Ice Creates, supporting a clinical commissioning project for KS3 students to explore risk taking behaviours


Andy Lewis MBE, Bespoke Mentoring, writing mentoring programmes for the world, European and Olympic Paralympian


Wellbeing First Plus, creating a wellbeing journal to be launched in 2019


National Award winning Mini Rockets CIC – Health and Wellbeing Camps for vulnerable children based on the 5 ways to wellbeing

Where can I train?

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County Council Healthy Schools Teams: Cluster training is the most popular option to get this training rolled out in your schools. Over 40 schools in Gloucestershire are now trained in PPP. Just contact Chris via email to book him to deliver the training at your next cluster training event.

Individual Schools, Federations or MATs: Training is available in your school. Chris’s team of lead teachers can run a training day in your school and you’ll be left with a personalised action plan, a baseline snapshot of initial knowledge and behaviours liked to the 5 ways to wellbeing and a target sheet created alongside your MDSVs that focuses on the most needy children for the first 6 weeks of the programme.


Gloucestershire Schools can book onto free cluster sessions via the GHLL website www.ghll.org.uk, and can book individual school based training via the ‘GET IN TOUCH’ option below.

So, how do we book?

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To book at Cluster training event, an individual schools training day, or just to find out more about PPP, use the ‘GET IN TOUCH’ option below, or give Chris a call on 07877340836.


Cluster training sessions last for approx. 2.5 hours with a maximum of 3 sessions running per day (60 delegates per session max).
School based training starts at 9.00am and is normally completed with all outcomes written up by 2pm.

Positive Impact

Changing playtime for the better one school at a time

Staff trained

Collaboration is key for Positive Playtime Practice, a great chance to connect with other schools and teachers.

Pupil engagement

Turning a difficult part of the day on its head and working with young people to address common every day issues.

Schools engaged

Our ever increasing number of Schools we engage with are either attending cluster training or hosting personalised PPP training in their own schools.

PPP activities created

Every time we deliver PPP training the children come up with more ideas to bring this practice to life.


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