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Youngsters take over school in role reversal exercise

PUBLISHED: 09:53 03 July 2018

Infants took charge of Hillcrest Primary School in Downham Market as part of a role reversal exercise. Picture: Hillcrest Primary School

Infants took charge of Hillcrest Primary School in Downham Market as part of a role reversal exercise. Picture: Hillcrest Primary School

Hillcrest Primary School

The tables were turned at a Downham school after youngsters were given the opportunity to take charge of the school.

Infants took charge of Hillcrest Primary School in Downham Market as part of a role reversal exercise. Picture: Hillcrest Primary School Infants took charge of Hillcrest Primary School in Downham Market as part of a role reversal exercise. Picture: Hillcrest Primary School

Pupils aged between four and seven-years-old in Hillcrest Primary School took part in a role reversal exercise.

The children were given a writing task in the form of an application for one of the staff members’ jobs.

Most roles were up for grabs from the class teachers and teaching assistants to the caretaker, office staff and senior management, including the headteacher’s position.

The children in the class teacher roles planned and delivered some first rate lessons to the rest of their classmates whilst their real teachers watched on in the role of pupil.

The junior headteachers Mr and Miss Try - also known as Lexie Kent from Reception and William Eagle from Year 2 - dressed for the part as they toured the school and checked behaviour in lessons were good.

They also inspected the latest development of the £4.5m expansion of the school, and assessed the progress of contractors Morgan Sindall’s building works and quizzed the team on the task at hand.

Matthew Try - the real headteacher - said he was impressed by the quality of the applications for the various roles, adding: “The children selected coped extremely well with the responsibility that was thrust upon them.

“And whilst an incredibly fun and entertaining time was had by staff and students alike, the children did get a real appreciation of the efforts their teachers go to every day to provide them with their education.

“On the flip-side, the teachers got to experience the classroom through the children’s eyes.”


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