Best Practice

Top 10 tips for... Better school break-times

How does your school organise its break-times? As part of her top 10 tips series, Suzanne O’Connell considers making break-times better


1, Keep them active

Boredom is often the reason why pupils get into trouble at break-times. Finding activities for them to do is a sure way of reducing the number of incidents and making sure that the time is used productively. Try establishing a rota of playtime games that take their turn in the playground. You might vary availability by class or year group or even create your own playground circuit.

Some examples include:

There are many more examples – invite parents’ groups and children to add to the list and then help you raise money to buy the kit!


2, Hand out responsibilities

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