The Play Cycle 20 Years On

In 1998, Gordon Sturrock and the late Perry Else presented a paper at the IPA International Play Conference in Colorado, USA.  The paper was titled ‘The playground as therapeutic space: playwork as healing’, later referred to as The Colorado Paper and introduced the Play Cycle to play  theory. In the last twenty years, elements of the Play … Continue reading The Play Cycle 20 Years On

New policy roadshow date for London

Monday 12 November Hosted by Hackney Play Association at Pearson Street Adventure Playground Hoxton London E2 8EL *Please note that this is a change to the date and venue previously advertised due to a clash with another play policy discussion event! The Playwork Foundation, Play England and Hackney Play Association warmly invites you to this play … Continue reading New policy roadshow date for London

A Manifesto for play – a policy development event

Wednesday 5th September 2018 10am – 3pm Sycamore Adventure Playground Sycamore Green, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 3QE Sycamore Adventure Playground invites you to this play policy forum, ‘A manifesto for play’. It is an opportunity for the children’s play community in the West Midlands and beyond to come together to discuss the vital issues, national and … Continue reading A Manifesto for play – a policy development event

‘A situated ethos of playwork’ – a response from 2008

In this critical response to Voce and Sturrock, Dr Pete KIng, highlighting a project from 2008, and his own study of it, suggests their proposals are nothing new, and that a greater emphasis is needed on the role of evidence-based research in developing playwork. The recent paper by Voce and Sturrock (2018) offers five recommendation … Continue reading ‘A situated ethos of playwork’ – a response from 2008

Colleagues, community and commons – our vital triumverate

In this critique of Voce and Sturrock's A Situated Ethos of Playwork, Simon Rix suggests that community should be integral to playwork practice, and the central focus of the field's fightback. Thanks are due to Gordon Sturrock and and Adrian Voce for their recent paper, A Situated Ethos of Playwork. It rightly acknowledges that the internal … Continue reading Colleagues, community and commons – our vital triumverate

A manifesto for play – a policy development event

10am – 3pm, Thursday 12 July 2018. Shiremoor Adventure Playground, Brenkley Ave, Shiremoor, North Tyneside NE27 0PR. Free event – all welcome! Hosted by Shiremoor Adventure Playground, this play policy forum is a unique opportunity for everyone in the north east and beyond to come together to discuss the issues – both nationally and locally – for … Continue reading A manifesto for play – a policy development event

Marshmallow education

Baseline tests for 4 year-olds, designed to assess their capacity for self-regulation as a predictor of future performance, are not only culturally biased and discriminatory against poorer children, says Gordon Sturrock: they are also part of a regime that is denying the vital importance of children's play – and their human right for that to … Continue reading Marshmallow education

Describing (and not describing) playwork

A response to the review of the National Occupational Standards for Playwork Shelly Newstead In October 2015, Shelly Newstead posted her response to a review of the National Occupational Standards,  raising some fundamental questions about how playwork is defined and described. With kind permission, we are making her response available here, believing these questions to … Continue reading Describing (and not describing) playwork

A situated ethos of playwork

Turning the playwork story into a narrative for change. In this new collaboration, Adrian Voce and Gordon Sturrock cast their collective eye over the recent history of playwork in the UK to draw out some lessons for the field on how it might regroup and take a leading role in making the case for a comprehensive … Continue reading A situated ethos of playwork

Policy roadshow announced to build a new manifesto for play

The Playwork Foundation and Play England have announced a series of joint events over the coming months, to consult the play and playwork fields in England on a new 'manifesto for play’ ahead of the next general election. Forums will take place across the country to: • consult with the play sector and develop key … Continue reading Policy roadshow announced to build a new manifesto for play