Love Outdoor Play

What is the purpose of education? This is the question posed by the Purpose/Ed campaign who are gathering #500words from different bloggers every working day in May.

I wanted to contribute from Love Outdoor Play because outdoor play has a key role to play in education, not just in the early years, but throughout school. Not just as a small break between classes, but as an integral and often overlooked part of the school day for all children and young people.

Wellesley Primary School

What is the purpose of education? Surely to prepare us for life! I don’t just mean work – though that is important – but for life in all its richness. Life as a child, a young person, an adult. Life as part of a family, and as part of a community.

Yes, schooling should build key skills such as reading, writing and maths. We…

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