School’s staff and pupils trade places for the day

Children at Cleadon Village CE Academy take over for the day.
Children at Cleadon Village CE Academy take over for the day.
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Pupils had a chance to run things their way as they took over school for the day.

Children from Cleadon Village CE Academy were in charge for a day when they took on the key teaching and staffing roles.

Sarah Frey, aged 10, acting as principal for the day.

Sarah Frey, aged 10, acting as principal for the day.

The project was held to mark World Teachers’ Day and gave the pupils a chance to find out what it is like to walk in their teachers’ shoes.

Principal of the Boldon Lane school, Jayn Gray, said all the children were very excited about the activity and hugely enjoyed themselves.

She said: “We wanted to give our children an understanding of the role of teachers and how fortunate we are that in this country, we can expect all our children to receive a primary education.”

Each of the classes at the Cleadon school chose one or two of its children to take on the role of the teacher for the day.

Their feedback should be interesting

Jayn Gray

Children taught lessons, marked books and of course dressed the part.

The youngsters who took on the role of the principal and vice-principal introduced class worship, conducted lesson observations and showed prospective parents around the academy.

As teachers for the day, the mini members of staff spent playtime in the staff room, having a drink and a chat to their colleagues.

Ms Gray said: “The proposal for the day came from two of our Year 5 pupils, Sarah Frey and Jessica Berry.

“At the academy, we are always keen to hear the children’s views and ideas, and this has proved an ideal opportunity to act upon one of these suggestions.

“Their feedback should prove interesting.”

This year celebrates the 21st anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, which is held annually in October.

It is designed to commemorate teachers’ organizations worldwide and raising awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to the education and development of future generations.

More than 100 countries across the world took part in World Teachers’ Day this month.