Is Free Play a Legitimate Learning Experience?

5 March 2013 · 1 comment

in Health & Wellbeing, Interesting Issues & Hot Topics, Outdoor Play, Whole School

For once I’m posting a brief blog. I would very much appreciate your hopping over to the Scottish Government’s Engage for Education blog. To my amazement and delight, a blog post I submitted has been published there today: Is Free Play a Legitimate Learning Experience?

This is an unashamed guerilla tactic. I want the profile of play raised at a national level across all sectors. The more people who click on the post, the better. It shows there is a high level of interest. The more people who comment, the better. You do not need to be an expert on play. Everyone was once a child. Most people in the UK have been through the education system. If you live outwith the UK, please comment too. It’s great to have an international perspective which help stimulate discussion on play and to help us reflect upon provision within Scotland.

Will this effort work? Maybe. Perhaps. The blurb in the About section of the blog suggests “Yes”.

Here’s what it says:

“Engage is the Scottish Government’s ground-breaking online project that enables the public and practitioners to discuss education, learning, youth employment and early years policy directly with the Ministers and teams responsible for them.

Participants have the chance to influence and inform the decisions of the Scottish Government in these key areas and we aim to provide timely responses and updates, including answers directly from the Ministers involved with Engage:
– Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell
– Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell
– Minister for Science, Learning and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan
– Minister for Youth Employment, Angela Constance.

Through our mix of discussionsnews and blogssocial media channels and the events we organise or that the Government attends, the focus is on listening to the views and needs of those with an interest in these areas and acting – then communicating those actions to you through our You Said, We Did section.”

So I think it is worth an experiment to see if, over the coming months we do see more national talk about play, and better still, action! Thank you very much in advance. Here’s the link again to save you scrolling up: Is Free Play a Legitimate Learning Experience?

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sparklingbay March 6, 2013 at 08:14

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