Children set to 'take over' schools

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Thousands of children across the country are set to step into the shoes of teachers, when they hand over their jobs to youngsters as part of the Children’s Commissioner for England’s Takeover Day on Friday 12 November.

Young people will be ‘taking over’ a huge range of organisations and individuals, including the Department for Education and hundreds of schools and colleges across the country.

Children are sent to take over the jobs of headteachers and other staff, run lessons, lead assemblies and make decisions about the way their school is run.

Now in its fourth year, Takeover Day gives children the opportunity to shadow top jobs, offer their opinions on key issues, and be involved in decision-making by working alongside adults. The number of young people taking part has grown each year as more organisations have realised the benefits children can bring to their work. In 2009 Takeover Day gave 30,000 children the chance to make their voices heard and this year looks set to be even bigger with a target of 40,000.

Beyond the education sector young people are set to ‘take over’ many more top jobs. Others taking part include the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson; the Co-operative Group; the Ministry of Justice; the British Red Cross, Action for Children; The Big Lottery Fund; BBC Newsround; Kerrang Radio; more than 50 museums and galleries; a growing number of MPs, and local authorities and police forces up and down England.

Ann Parish, Headteacher of Shackleton Lower School in Bedford, will be handing over the school to Year 4 children on Takeover Day. She said: “We really value the contribution our children make to school development, so Takeover Day seemed a great vehicle for them to gain first hand experience in the day-to-day management of the school.”

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