Play-based Pedagogy

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Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Please could you advise how many schools in North Lanarkshire Council:

- have adopted play-based pedagogy in primary one so far?

Could you also advise:

- which schools (if any) are not adopting play-based pedagogy/ learning?
- what are the reasons (if any) for not adopting play-based learning?
- what is the Council's definition of 'play-based learning'?
- is play-based learning being audited/ monitored for outcomes for children- if so how is this being measured?

Yours faithfully,

D. Brisbane

Kirkpatrick Angelene, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir/madam

I acknowledge receipt of your request which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Angelene Kirkpatrick
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill Street

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McKay Neil, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Sir / Madam

Request for Information

I refer to your email of 18 June 2019 seeking information in relation to
play based pedagogy.

Having investigated, I can advise that this authority does not centrally
record what schools have adopted or not adopted play-based
pedagogy/learning.  There is no Council wide definition of play-based
learning and it is not monitored or audited.  That said, and in order to
be of some assistance, while there is no central directive, most primary
schools will focus on play-based approaches. In particular, the 79 primary
Schools in North Lanarkshire that have a nursery class will be involved in
play based learning.

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the
provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested
information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that
request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision
by writing to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions,
Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB.  Accordingly, if
you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write
to the Head of Business for Legal and Democratic Solutions.

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who
is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section
21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local
authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice -
may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a
decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the
request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt
with in accordance with the Act.  Such an application must be made within
six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form
which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for
subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the
applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must
also specify the request for information to which the requirement for
review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s
dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the
matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the
decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local
authority to issue such a decision.  The Scottish Information Commissioner
can be contacted as follows:-

Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle

Doubledykes Road

St. Andrews

KY16  9DS

email: [1][email address]

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online
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I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose.  If, however, you
require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please
let me know.

Yours sincerely

Neil McKay

Freedom of Information Co-ordinator

Democratic and Legal Services

North Lanarkshire Council

Civic Centre

Windmillhill Street


ML1 1 AB

Tel : 01698 302 484

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