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Tes talks to…Peter Blatchford

The man behind pioneering research into the impact of school breaktimes tells Lisa Jarmin why setting aside periods for unstructured play and encouraging children to work in groups can result in positive learning outcomes

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Peter Blatchford, professor of psychology and education at the UCL Institute of Education, wants you to think about breaktimes: what they are for; how important you think they are; and, most importantly, what impact you think they have on your lessons.

He asks because he is pretty sure they are more important than you think they are and that they have a substantial positive impact on your lessons. Blatchford has spent a lot of time looking at breaktimes. He was involved in groundbreaking research into the significance of school breaks for the BaSiS (Breaktime and Social Life in Schools) ...

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