HIGH School pupils in Chester swapped the classroom for the office for a Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Day in which they were given an insight into the world of work.
The day gives pupils the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in day to day activities. Pupils gain an insight into the world of work and are given a voice in the decision making process, while adults and organisations are given a fresh perspective on their aims and objectives. The aim is to break down barriers between generations and encourage children’s active involvement in their communities.
Blacon High School Year 11 pupils Chelsea Hallal, Shaun Shrigley, Melissa Dodd and Georgia Owen had the opportunity to work alongside senior managers from Chester West and Chester Council, including Gerald Meehan and Mark Parkinson.
Stephanie Chinchen and Jamie Senior worked alongside representatives and senior NHS staff from the clinical commissioning group.
Stephanie Chinchen, 16, said: “It was great to have this opportunity. It was really interesting to see what goes on and how people make decisions.”
Assistant headteacher Rachel Thomas said: “This is the second year we have been involved in the Takeover Day. It has been a highly successful event with pupils gaining a real experience of the workplace and how key decisions are made in their
Pupil Chelsea Hallal, 16, said: “I learnt a lot about the pressures of being in charge and making decisions. It was nice to be able to attend the meetings and have people ask me my opinion”.