Play pedagogy/ play based learning in primary schools

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Dear Argyll and Bute Council,

Please accept this as a Freedom of Information request.

Please could you provide the following information:

1. How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic year 2021-2022) delivering play pedagogy in primary one?

2. How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic year 2021-2022) delivering play pedagogy in primary two?

In the event of lack of clarity of what play pedagogy is, the Scottish Government has stated that children should access play based learning in primary 1 and 2. Here is an example of what was said:

"Play encompasses children's behaviour which is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. It is performed for no external goal or reward and is a fundamental and integral part of healthy development which seeks to improve play experiences for all children." ( Scottish Government, 2013b, p.14)

https://www.gov.scot/publications/play-s...

3. How many in total do you expect to use a play pedagogy approach in primary one in the next academic year (2022-2023)?

4. How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic year 2021-2022) delivering outdoor learning as part of every day learning?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

D. Brisbane

foi, Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear D. Brisbane

Request for information: Play pedagogy/ play based learning in primary
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Dear D Brisbane

I am in receipt of your FOI request below, however before I may proceed I
require clarification from you.  You have asked for current information
for 2021-2022, however we currently still in academic year 2020-2021. You
have also asked for information about next academic year, which you have
stated is 2022-2023, however our next academic year is actually
2021-2022. 

Please could you confirm the academic years you are interested in? 

Also, by ‘every day learning’ can I please check if you are asking whether
outdoor learning takes place every single school day or just as part of
usual everyday learning (i.e. regularly rather than every day)?

Please note that the response period will pause from today until I hear
back from you.

Many thanks.

Kind regards,

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Suzanne Harper

Admin Officer

Argyll and Bute Council

Customer Services: Education

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Thank you for your reply and apologies for the confusion. I will attempt to clarify below:

For question 1 +2+3) I am asking how many primary schools across the authority are delivering play based learning in P1 + P2 in in this current academic term and how many are predicted to deliver this in the next academic term

You are right to correct me that the current academic term is 2020/2021 and the next academic terms is 2021/2022

For question 4) the reference to 'every day learning' does refer to being outdoors for a specific learning activity every day

Thank you

Yours sincerely,

D. Brisbane

Harper, Suzanne, Argyll and Bute Council

I am on leave until Monday 1st March 2021 at 13:30.

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Harper, Suzanne, Argyll and Bute Council

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Many thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I'll be back in touch as soon as I have this information for you.

Kind regards,

Suzanne Harper
Admin Officer
Argyll and Bute Council
Customer Services: Education
Argyll House, Alexandra Parade, Dunoon, PA23 8AJ

Email: [email address]
Tel: 01369 708527
British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact me direct by using contactSCOTLAND-BSL

(Work Pattern: Monday - Friday 13:30-17:00, during school term time)

www.argyll-bute.gov.uk

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Sinclair, David (Risk Management Assistant), Argyll and Bute Council

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Dear D Brisbane

Request for information: Play pedagogy/ play based learning in primary
schools

Reference: argyllbuteir:12582.

I refer to your request for information, which was dealt with in terms of
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

I can provide the following information in fulfilment of your request:

Please note that Argyll and Bute has many small, remote schools and not
all schools will have pupils in all year groups.  Some of the schools who
have answered no may have done so as result of having no P1 or P2 pupils
either this academic year or next.  In addition, please note that
inclement weather in the west coast of Scotland can prevent intentions for
outdoor learning every day.

1.    How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic
year 2020-2021) delivering play pedagogy in primary one?

47 of our 73 primary schools.

2.    How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic
year 2020-2021) delivering play pedagogy in primary two?

44 of our 73 primary schools.

3.    How many in total do you expect to use a play pedagogy approach in
primary one in the next academic year (2021-2022)?

56 of our 73 primary schools, with a further 7 schools as yet undecided.

4.    How many primary schools in the authority are currently (academic
year 2020-2021) delivering outdoor learning as part of everyday learning?

35 of our 73 primary schools.

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