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How to shine at playground duty

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By Paul Noblefreelance writer, former headteacher and education advisor

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you’ll be able to keep the peace at playtime and deal with any disaster

playground duty

It is uncommon to find schools where ways have been found to circumvent the need for teachers to do playground duty. Moreover schools – that means you – have a duty of care that cannot be set aside just because it is playtime and time for teachers to have a coffee and comfort break. Playground duty is truly a duty, so cast aside grumbles and moans, and approach it with a positive attitude.

There are several factors affecting the ease with which you are able to do your duty – the size of the playground, the number of children on it, the quality of the ground, the presence of hazards and blind spots, lines of sight, play and other amenities for children, the quality of boundary fencing and security provisions, and the number of adults on duty. These are all matters over which the school can, in theory at least, exercise some influence, so don’t be frightened of raising them in a staff meeting.

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  1. Leena Makwana
    on 21 June 2012

    Playground Duty Review

    I thought your written piece on playground duty was very helpful, especially since I have a playground duty observation tomorrow (STL Level Three Teaching Assistant). I in particular liked your advice on walking around the boundaries of the playground as I am often pulled in to joining in playing games with the children! Great tips