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January 16th 2013

Children's Independent Mobility - a radio interview
(Marc Armitage)

Marc Armitage (Independent Children's Play Consultant) and Ingrid Wilkinson (Nature Play Volunteer Coordinator with Play England) took part in an radio interview with BBC Radio Humberside on Wednesday 16th January 2013 to discuss children's independent mobility in the light of rec...
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November 6th 2012

UK PLAYWORKERS – A CALL TO ARMS?
(Marc Armitage)

  An Open Letter to all those involved in Playwork across the UK from Marc Armitage.   Please share as widely as possible.     "Time to start fighting - collectively."     *Click image to open*   ...
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May 29th 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
(Marcs Blog)

An unusual thing happened on a bus journey of mine the other day – or at least I hope it was unusual. I was on a bus in London on a very rainy day heading to a school I was due to work at (and no that’s not the unusual bit despite the fact that some of my friends and colleagues th...
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May 15th 2012

The Importance of Touching Stuff
(Marcs Blog)

  Some years ago I related an observation made in a neighbourhood street in a paper I wrote for a conference. In front of me was a young man, of maybe four going five, who was walking along the footpath with a stick in one hand and his (what I presume) was his mothers in the other. ...
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May 8th 2012

Old School is the best School
(Marcs Blog)

  I am quite varied in my research interests as far as children and young people, their play and their wider social lives are concerned. But one interest I have in particular is in exploring the differences between design intentions and actual use. I also like exploring changes in the de...
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April 16th 2012

Musical Entertainment at the 2012 Folklore Society Conference
(Marcs Blog)

  Seriously good conference again this year from the Folklore Society at the University of Chichester (UK). This year’s theme was Folklore and Fantasy. At whilst there ... The Hares and South Downs Singers provided us with an excellent selection of local folksongs on the Sa...
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February 10th 2012

The State of Play - a professional development day at the University of Gloucestershire
(Marcs Blog)

Friday 27th January 2012   An unashamedly long Reflection piece ... because like all good hair products, it was worth it. Well done to all. This was a very well attended day of both graduate and undergraduate playwork students and practitioners held by the Play and Playwork t...
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September 14th 2011

Schools to be given power to set their own day
(Marcs Blog)

  The United Kingdom coalition government has announced that they are going to give all schools in England the power to set the start, end and length of their school day. A sensible measure? Well, I can see two issues here.   First, a clear negative one. This move seems firm...
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