Roles were reversed on the final day of the second annual careers week at Morpeth’s high school.
The aim of the initiative is to provide then Year 10 students with meaningful employer encounters and tasks where they would be held to account.
In the run up to the event, they chose a business to ‘work for’ and they then met the business and the rest of their team on the Monday.
On the Friday, the King Edward VI School pupils showcased their project outcomes in a ‘flipped careers fair’ and did formal presentations to businesses, teachers, some of The Three Rivers Learning Trust’s directors and each other.
As part of the week, students visited St James’ Park where they took part in an enterprise day organised by the Newcastle United Foundation.
This day allowed them to develop team-working and entrepreneurship skills.
There were opportunities for them to discover the world of apprenticeships, with sessions led by Interserve, participate in CV sessions led by recruitment consultants and visit a wide range of local colleges to consider their post-16 progression options.
In addition, the students who took part in the Build my Skills programme run by the Esh Group received interviews from top regional firms.
Leanne Johnston, assistant headteacher at KEVI, said: “All of the businesses involved in the week commented on what a positive experience it was working with the students and our school.
“They were impressed with the creativity, tenacity and team-working skills of our students and said that their engagement and enthusiasm was exemplary.
“Our students were a credit to the school and themselves and despite some initial reservations, they rose to the challenges set, which really took them out of their comfort zone.
“They understood the aims of the week and really appreciated the efforts the businesses went to in providing tasks.”