The OPAL Programme Booklet
Children in British primary schools spend 20% or 1.4 years of their school attendance in play and yet many schools have no strategic or values based approach to play across all ages.
The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) programme is a mentor supported school improvement programme. It addresses all of the areas schools must plan for if they want to strategically and sustainably improve the quality of play.The OPAL Programme is the only programme of its kind that has been independently proven to sustainably improve the quality of play in British primary schoolsThe OPAL programme supports schools in developing a cultural shift in thinking about and supporting children’s play. Its success comes from a series of interrelated actions undertaken with the specialist support from the OPAL mentor. This embeds play into school’s policies and practices and establishes clear guiding principles and strategies for initiating changes at playtimes. The results can be transformational and – at best – spectacular, and show progress even in more challenging school environments.