School Play Streets

Create a safe place for play outside the school gate

The Idea

School play streets are an adaptation of the play street model; short temporary road closures outside a school gate at the start and end of the school day, with volunteer stewards looking after the closure points. School Play Streets enable children to play in the street more safely and make space for adults to socialise. These are community-led, last no more than 3 hours but can ...

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The Idea

School play streets are an adaptation of the play street model; short temporary road closures outside a school gate at the ...

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There is no funding available for this idea in United Kingdom, but these resources will still help to make your project happen!

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“There was a massive difference! The atmosphere felt very calm and peaceful around school – parents spoke with each other, pupils were able to play in the road and had a wonderful time – it was fantastic!”

School Play Streets
Debbie Dudt
Cofton primary

How to start a project on ChangeX

  • 1

    Create your project page

    Click the green start button to register and set up your project page. It’s quick, free and easy.

  • 2

    Complete a 30 Day Challenge

    Complete simple steps in 30 days to get your project off the ground.

  • 3

    Activate your project

    Follow the 5 Step Guide and your action plan to bring the project to life.

  • 4

    Share impact

    Share impact by posting a summary and photos and completing a survey.

Great for

  • Parents, teachers or members of the school community passionate about play
  • Can get others on board and build support for an idea
  • Is passionate about using public space for play

School Play Streets project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Consultation
  • Applying to the council
  • Preparing to runyour play street
  • On the day!


Suggested: It can take a couple of months to get permissions and have everything organised to get started. Once up and running, it's up to you and your team how often you run school play streets.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the School Play Streets

Meet the Social Innovator

Welcome to School Play Streets on ChangeX. School Play Streets create a safe space outside school free of traffic where children can play freely and the whole school community can come together. Along with Sustrans, we've supported communities all over the country to transform their school street into a place for play. We're excited to have you join us!

Alice Ferguson, Co-Founder of Playing Out

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why a 30 day challenge?

    The 30 Day Challenge was developed by our Team based on our experience working with communities. We’ve learned that the first weeks are critical to build momentum and get off to a good start with any community project. Teams who complete these steps within the first month are much more likely to successfully complete their project!

    The Challenge is a series of simple steps that each applicant has to complete to get their project off the ground and unlock funding, if there is funding currently available for that idea in your region. Steps include watching a video and/or reading content, having a call with a ChangeX team member, forming a team so that you have support, having your first team meeting, sharing a team photo, and sharing a project action plan.

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    Once funding is received it can be used to cover direct set-up costs of the new community project. For example space rental, insurance fees, seeds and planting materials, tools, training fees; pretty much any materials you might need for a project that benefits your community.

    Funds cannot be used for the costs of work that has already been carried out, costs unrelated to the setup and maintenance of the new project, payments to group members for their work on the project. Funds can’t be used for the promotion of religious causes, non-charitable activities, sponsorship or fundraising events. Please read the terms and conditions for further details.

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