Positive Play


At Abercrombie Primary School we have a specialist sensory room called the Rainbow Room. This room is a very special place for our children and is where our Positive Play sessions are delivered.

The Positive Play support programme can help children feel special, help them to express and communicate their feelings, feel good about themselves, raise their self-esteem, and improve their social skills in a reliable, safe and supportive environment.

Positive Play aims:

  • To allow young people a space to express and communicate feelings and difficulties in their lives, through a variety of media in constructive rather than aggressive ways and in a safe non-threatening environment.

  • To help young people feel good about themselves, and raise self-esteem by providing activities that look at their strengths and by valuing what they do and making it special.

  • To provide a non-authoritarian, supportive, reliable, safe, unconditional relationship within the school and other settings.

  • To provide some of the early experiences that might (may) have been missed but which are necessary for formal education and social interaction.

  • To help young people acquire the complex range of life skills needed to achieve their full potential.

The programme has been evaluated by Sheffield Hallam University and found to be an effective early intervention tool in supporting children, raising their self-esteem, enabling them to access the curriculum, and so achieve their potential.

Ofsted defined the Positive Play support programme as 'An early intervention tool, reducing disaffection and encouraging inclusive education'.


Our Positive Play workers are:

Mr Goodall

Mrs Riley

Ms Emson