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Pupils take over The Downs School

Steve Ambrose

Steve Ambrose


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Downs School

Staff at The Downs school had a chance to put their feet up recently as students staged a one-day take over.

Students from Year 7 through to Year 13 took over all or part of their lessons throughout the day last Tuesday with some groups running a starter sessions, others planning the lesson for the teacher and some running whole lessons between them.

Head of humanities faculty Miss Mann said: “The day is a great opportunity for students to take ownership of the classroom. The students did a fantastic job of making the learning accessible for all and good fun. It shows teachers what they are really capable of.”

Year 10 student Josh who was teaching GCSE History for the day said: “I think letting students take over gives them the chance to find out for themselves how hard teaching actually is.”

Maddie from Year 8, also doubling up as a drama teacher for the day, said: “It is really good because the teacher kept things in order but the student had fun. I love Take Over Day.”

Her real teaching counterpart Miss Duckham said: “It was a hands-on opportunity for students to develop new and transferable skills. Students were eager to show their leadership capabilities and it is a pleasure to witness their developing confidence and knowledge.”

The day was filmed by the six Student As Learning Partners who interviewed the staff and students involved.

One of the SALPs Catherine from Year 11 said: “Being taught by my peers was an entertaining, but also a very informative experience.”

For more education news, interviews and features pick up a copy of Newbury Weekly News out Thursday.

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