The OPAL team have a huge amount of experience on how to best develop school grounds in order to maximise play and learning. The three main lessons for all schools from the hundreds we have visited are:
- Play-value and what you spend are not the same. It is easy to spend a lot and get little long term value
- You should have a master plan and not just buy new things and place them around
- How you use what you buy is directly related to your policies, your culture and your decision making
For these reasons we strongly recommend that schools wanting to invest in their grounds sign up to the OPAL Primary Programme, as it addresses all areas needed for better play including policy, health and safety, staffing and design.