The Playground Pals are an important part of school life. Children volunteer to be a Playground Pal and make the commitment to help encourage happy and sociable playtimes. They will be a point of contact for children during breaks to help encourage games and sort out any minor concerns. They do not replace the role of the teacher in sorting out problems, but are a support to the children and staff on duty.
The role of a Playground Pal is more complex than might be at first recognised. It requires pupils to step outside themselves and play a role, while still remaining friendly and accessible to other children.
Setting up a playground buddy scheme need not be a huge burden and once in place, can boost self-confidence and self-esteem and create a positive ethos throughout the whole school community.
BulliesOut’s creative and interactive primary school programme for children aged 7-10 has been designed to be delivered over one school day. Through innovative delivery methods involving games, art, stories and drama, the programme supports pupils to put into practice what they have learnt.
Using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic elements the programme is accessible to all pupils.
To recognise the hard work and commitment our Playground Pals dedicate to the role, BulliesOut has partnered with UK Youth and are able to offer the choice of accreditation for our Playground Pals Programme.
Our Playground Pals programme can be delivered with or without the accreditation opportunity.
“The training day was really informative and enjoyable. The role play session and the discussion on emotions through the mask making activity were so useful and the drama work really helped with empathy. The discussions enabled the children to put their own ideas forward. We’re really looking forward to setting up our Playground Pals scheme”.
Mrs Owen, Primary School, Bristol