Every day the playground is becoming more and more important.

The introduction of the government’s Childhood Obesity Challenge last year required that all children should have an extra 30 minutes a day of activity in addition to the PE lessons already mandatory through the national curriculum.

This came about after a report was published by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health which revealed that 40 percent of children in the country’s most deprived areas were diagnosed as overweight or obese in 2016.  Even in more affluent areas 27 percent were considered overweight or obese.

What’s more, the reports associated with this initiative showed quite remarkably that rather than reducing the academic performance of pupils, diverting 30 minutes a day away from classroom learning into a greater level of activity not only improved the children’s physical well-being, but also improved their academic performance.

One straightforward way to encourage activity and enhance positive play in the school grounds and simultaneously encourage children to meet the 30 minutes a day activity schedule is by teaching the children one game a week which they can then work on together.

Some games will catch on and become continuing favourites. Others by the nature of things will fade after a few days.  But if the games that catch on are then passed on to parents, perhaps by being put on the school’s website, the impact of the game can be extended further and further.

What’s more because the game is initiated by the school, its uptake in the playground can be tracked very easily, as the government’s new “30 minute a day” programme requires.

PSHE in the Playground is a downloadable book which both looks at enhancing activity and enhancing positive play behaviour.  It can be copied and circulated among your colleagues, and indeed parents if you so wish.

The book incorporates enough games to last a full school year and includes games that are suitable for both key stage 1 and key stage 2 children.  Most games can be taught to children in a matter of minutes.

Publisher’s reference: T1691
ISBN: 978 1 86083 726 5

The book costs £14.95 and can be purchased:


Supporting personal development, behaviours and attitude through promoting mental health and wellbeing

The recent consultation on transforming children and young people’s mental health provision has highlighted the essential role that the education sector can play to support mental health and wellbeing. We recognise the real and positive differences staff working in education can make and we also understand the challenges this can present.

Team Mental Health provide an expert led, whole school approach developed by medical doctors who specialised to become consultant psychiatrists and a headteacher. As part of our multidimensional approach, we offer a whole school mental health awareness programme.

We don’t expect those working in education to become experts in mental health. However, we do want to empower all staff to continue to make a positive difference through prevention, detection, early intervention and stamping out stigma associated with mental health.

Our unique approach will also support schools to evidence to Ofsted their commitment in relation to the new inspection judgements set out in the 2019 framework.

Our next Advanced Mental Health Masterclass event is on Thursday 6th December 2018 at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham.

  • 9.00am: Coffee and registration
  • 9:15am: Start
  • 4:30pm: Finish
  • Also included: Refreshments breaks & lunch / Supporting documentation / Attendance CPD certificates
  • Cost – £185 / delegate (exc VAT)

This intensive, fast paced, CPD UK accredited event is delivered by consultant psychiatrists. It is recommended for those working in the education sector who hold a position of responsibility relevant to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff and implementing development plans and policies.

More information about this masterclass can be accessed here: https://www.teammentalhealth.co.uk/courses/view-module/57b7b8d0-29c3-11e7-800e-0ad59815a061

To reserve a place please email: training@teammentalhealth.co.uk

Dr Libby Artingstall
Co-Founder & Director Team Mental Health
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist