Hundreds of primary schools are building over their playgrounds and playing fields for new classrooms, but campaigners say pupils need access to open spaces.
One in three primary schools that are increasing the number of places for pupils are reducing outdoor space to expand classrooms, the Telegraph reports.
In the UK, our education system is experiencing a high-level of immigration and also an increased birth rate in some areas, squeezing classroom space. Of the schools surveyed 54% say they will keep existing playgrounds and playing fields, but only 11% are able to increase the size of existing play areas to cope with more pupils.
The outdoor learning and play charity Learning Through Landscapes wants the Government to tell schools to find other ways of increasing classroom space, such as building upwards. “If a child can’t run in a straight line because 400 other children are in their way, where are they releasing that energy?” said operations manager David Burchett from the charity. “Children need space. We appreciate that some schools are on restricted sites, but they should do whatever they can.”
Are playgrounds and playing fields being built over at your school and if so what effect is it having on pupils?