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The newest school in East Renfrewshire have recently undertaken Playzone buddy training with the ERCL Active Schools team
As the school only opened in August 2017, this is a brand new initiative for the staff and pupils there although the Playzone leadership programme has been running in other schools across East Renfrewshire for many years.
The Playzone programme is designed to give senior primary pupils (P6 and/or P7) the leadership and coaching skills they need to deliver fun games to primary P1 and P2 children. The Playzone Buddies will often use their new skills during playtime and lunch aiming to deliver fun sessions in a fully inclusive manner.
The primary 6 pupils at St Clare's have received a number of training workshops which include classroom sessions and practical delivery amongst their peers in preparation for working with the lower school.
The programme is the first step in sports leadership and will stand the participants in good stead when taking the lead in other projects when they move on to high school including Sports Leadership awards and ERCL's Sports Leadership Academy.
To find out more about Playzone or sports leadership courses across East Renfrewshire, contact the Active Schools team.
The training provided by our Active Schools Coordinator provides the children with the confidence to deliver with success but covers all the major themes like fun, safety and how to plan a session so that they will be fully prepared when they stand in front of a group of children for real.
Miss Rook, P6 teacher, St Clare's Primary School
We spend a lot of time identifying what good practise looks like and how to review and assess the sessions they've delivered. This is main done through peer feedback after an initial orientation but will allow the Playzone Buddies to use these tools to keep developing even when my support has gone. The kids were fantastic and I'm confident they'll do a great job when they start delivering fully.
Steven Percy, Active School Coordinator, St Clare's Primary School