The OPAL Primary Programme

A mentor supported school improvement programme that addresses all 18 areas that a school must plan for, if they want to sustainably improve the quality of play.

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Programme Impact

Improve Behaviour

When children's fundamental needs are not met their behaviour suffers. OPAL schools meet their play needs, resulting in a huge reduction in playtime and post-playtime behaviour issues.

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Save time and money

By giving senior leaders more time to lead, and teachers more time to teach we estimate OPAL schools are getting back £3,000 to £5,000 worth of time per year.

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Improve well-being

OPAL provides all of the policies, planning and evaluation tools to improve wellbeing through play, keeping your children and OSTED happy.

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Develop skills

If your playtimes look like a rich laboratory of creative expression, where every child is supported by knowledgeable staff to endlessly create and challenge themselves, you probably don't need us. If not then get in touch.

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“Do it! It’s been the most transformative and straightforward route to change lives for children for the better that I have experienced in my career so far. I cannot think of any rational reason to not give it a go.”

Helen Easton - Assistant Head - Ivydale Primary School

What's Included?

  • Introduction meeting
  • Observation and Audit meeting
  • 3 Development meetings (including safety/risk management, staff best practice and managing resources)
  • Awards and final plan meeting
  • INSET on play
  • Parents meeting
  • Half-day grounds master planning workshop
  • Over 100 cross-referenced resource documents and templates
  • Unlimited email and phone support
  • 30+ years of play development expertise
  • Support over 12-18 months
  • Design advice

Frequently Asked Questions

Further Information

OPAL & OFSTED

Read more about OPAL's relevance to OFSTED.

TESTIMONIAL

Watch West Lodge Primary, Harrow, Headteacher & Deputy Head Views on OPAL

Get Started

Book an introductory meeting with a mentor.

Awards & Recognition

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£250,000 Grant

In 2020 in recognition of the effectiveness of the OPAL Primary Programme in improving the quality of play in English primary schools, OPAL was awarded a grant of a quarter of a million pounds to enable it to increase capacity to reach more schools and to further improve resources.

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