Pupils get taste of teaching

Takeover Day by pupils at Morpeth's Newminster Middle School-pupil Charlotte Douglas becomes a 'Teacher' for the day.'REF 2111142154
Takeover Day by pupils at Morpeth's Newminster Middle School-pupil Charlotte Douglas becomes a 'Teacher' for the day.'REF 2111142154

Pupil power recently returned to a Morpeth school as a group of children were in charge for a day.

After completing a condensed initial teacher training course, a number of Student Voice members at Newminster Middle School and Technology College successfully planned and delivered classes covering a range of subjects.

The school was once again taking part in the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day initiative.

Newminster teacher and Student Voice co-ordinator Andrea Ayres said: “We have taken part in this event for a number of years and it just keeps getting better.

“The children put their heart and soul into every lesson and they have developed a range of vital soft skills.”

Takeover Day was established to provide young people with an opportunity to benefit from experiencing the world of work, being responsible for a group of their peers and having the authority to make a number of decisions.

The other tasks carried out by the Newminster pupils on the day included being on duty in the yard during break times and the cafeteria at lunchtime, looking after those on detention and helping out in the school office.

Simon Daniell, head of year five, said: “It was great to see the effort the children put in to prepare their excellent lessons.

“They said they had a lot of fun during the day and we enjoyed working with them.”