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Michael Follett
Teaching & Learning

Michael Follett

Michael is the founder and CEO of OPAL Outdoor Play and Learning. Drawing on his experiences as a playworker, teacher and school improvement officer, Michael established OPAL in 2011 as a Community Interest Company. It has grown into the UK’s leading organisation providing support to schools in the transformation of all aspects of play. He is the author of ‘Creating Excellence in Primary School Playtimes’.

Michael also has worked on initiatives based on the OPAL programme in New Zealand, Canada, Spain, France and Poland. When he is not working on OPAL, he can be found riding a mountain or road bike or exploring the South West with his two lab/collie dogs.

Michael Follett's Webinars

Midday Supervisors: Maximising Your Role to Enrich Playtime | Primary

  • Available On Demand

Webinar Duration: 58 minutes (approx.) This webinar will give midday supervisors an insight into their important role in children’s lives, and provide practical guidance on maximising opportunities to enrich play and contribute to healthier and happier schools overall.

Maximising Lunch and Playtime to Support Social, Emotional and Physical Development | Primary

  • Available On Demand

Webinar Duration: 47 minutes (approx.) This webinar will provide headteachers, senior leaders and teachers with advice and practical guidance on using breaks and playtime as an opportunity for high-quality play to enhance health and happiness.