Primary school outlaws running in the playground
ENGLAND - Children have been banned from running in the playground by a primary school, in an intervention labelled ‘ridiculous’ by parents. Teachers at Hillfort Primary School in Liskeard, Cornwall, brought in the ban after children kept on ‘ending up in first aid’ - and instead put on activities such as sand play, a choir and Lego.
But parents have condemned the school for using health and safety as an excuse to ‘remove the liberty to spontaneously run in the playground’. Parent Caroline Wills, who has a six-year-old daughter in Year Two, told MailOnline today: ‘Kids will be kids. How far is the school going to take this?
‘In this day and age kids are stopped from being kids in so many ways. They have got to be allowed to be children.’ But Lee Jackson, who has an eight-year-old son in Year Four at the school, said: ‘My son is always falling over and banging his head and hurting himself.
‘Having one area for play is a good idea, they’ve got the choice.’ Children have been dancing to the YMCA instead and the school reported a ‘30 per cent drop in first aid incidents and an 80 per cent drop in behavioural incidents’.
A petition, which has more than 150 signatures, was started by Leah Browning, 32, whose son Jago attends the school. She said she was delighted with the support she had from other parents and members of the local community. quiet then She told MailOnline: ‘I started the petition because I want my son and others to be able to run during imaginative play in the playground. ‘It’s a big thing for a child of five to be cooped up all day. Running releases endorphins. In the newsletter the school originally sent out, the issue seemed to be about bad behaviour.
‘I felt this should be addressed with the individual children – the majority shouldn’t be penalised for the behaviour of the minority.’
But Ms Browning said the headmaster has now come back to parents explaining that the new arrangements do not actually mean a total ban on running.
Children run at a playground. (Photo: wp)