Making Playground Duty Child’s Play

#UKEdChat session 479 – In initial teacher training, I remember hours of lectures about classroom dynamics, behaviour management and social interactions to equip me to manage my classroom, keep some semblance of order and unpick problems and situations when they arise. However, I had no such training for what to expect on the playground. Pushed in at the deep end (thankfully only figuratively as there was always the danger of the school pond) it was a case of ‘grab your whistle… off you go.’

While many of the classroom management skills are transferable to the playground, there are added complexities when on duty. In the classroom, I can be master of all I survey. With the best will in the world, I cannot ‘survey’ little johnny eating worms behind a bush from 100 metres away.

In this #UKEdChat discussion, taking place on Twitter on Thursday 14th November 2019, we will discuss how to manage the playground when on duty, how to mitigate problems before they arise and talk about the potential horror that is a wet break time.


  1. Describe the break-time area in your school and what equipment/facilities are available. Tweet Answer
  2. What are the primary purposes of break time? Tweet Answer
  3. Do you feel break times are managed well in your school? Why (not)? Tweet Answer
  4. What are the most common problems/incidences you encounter when on duty? Tweet Answer
  5. How do problems on the playground impact on learning in the classroom? Tweet Answer
  6. Are there any organised activities available during break times? If not, what would you like to see in future? Tweet Answer
  7. What do wet break times look like in your school and how can they be managed better? Tweet Answer
  8. What are your tips for good playground management? Tweet Answer

Click here to read the tweet archive.

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