Playtime for school pupils is a fundamental human right, children’s author says

Break times at school should not be reduced, because play is a fundamental human right, a children’s author and poet says, reports The Independent.

Michael Rosen, a former Children’s Laureate and author of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, has joined a campaign to stop the erosion of break times, urging for play to be seen as more than an “extra”.

Psychologists have urged schools not to punish children by making them sit in detentions during their free time, arguing that play is critical for wellbeing and development.

At key stage 1 in primary school, when children are aged between five and seven, pupils now have 45 minutes less break time per week than in 1995, while pupils aged 11 to 16 have 65 minutes less.

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