Better Play! Practical strategies for supporting play in schools for children of all ages  
Better Play! Practical strategies for supporting play in schools for children of all ages

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by Alison Woolf
Publication Date: February 2016



Do you work in a school?

Better Play will help you to think about how supporting play in schools can make for better relationships and for better learning.

Do you think play in schools ceases to matter after the Early Years?
Reading this book will remind you that play matters for everyone, and is important for different reasons at different times in our lives.

Are you unsure how to support play in and out of our classrooms?
Better Play! offers practical strategies for school staff across Primary, Secondary and Alternative Learning settings.

Are you looking to learn new ways of supporting emotional well-being in schools?
Find out how our sensitive responses to play, indoors and out, develops resilience in pupils.

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In this book play specialist, Alison Woolf, brings together much of the theory and research that informs how being playful and supporting play means pupils learn better, adults teach better and everyone feels better! It includes practical strategies for developing our skills in responding to play and for building play and playfulness into schools from nursery classes right through to sixth form.

Better Play is a must-read for everyone who works in Education and will change how you think about play wherever and whenever you encounter it!  

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The Author
Alison Woolf trained as a teacher 35 years ago and since then has always worked in schools. Her experience has been in private and state settings, working in secondary, primary and special schools. Her work included 15 years in Early Years settings before she re-trained as a play therapist. Since then she has worked in mainstream and in EBD provision, as well as providing services for post-adoption teams. Alison worked as a lecturer on the Liverpool Hope University MA in Play Therapy, and contributes an annual presentation on the University of Chester Early Years degree course. A colleague and Alison run a 4-day course for school staff entitled ‘Better Play’ and have delivered the course in 3 England Local authorities, one LA in Scotland and as part of our lead in the Welsh Assembly pilot programme for Counselling in Primary schools. We have presented at conferences run by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT); Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA) and NASEN. As well as her qualification as a BAPT play therapist she is a registered Clinical Supervisor and Filial Therapist and has trained in Animal Assisted Play Therapy.

 

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