CHILDREN got a taste of adult life when they took part in a ‘takeover day’ at schools and offices across Kirklees.
The first ever 11 Million Takeover Day took place on last Friday and was a chance for 11 million children across England to take over from adults for the day.
The day was organised by 11 Million, a body run by the Children’s Commissioner for England Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green.
The idea of the national day is to celebrate the importance of young people and give them a chance to see how the adult world works. It also gives adults the chance to get fresh ideas and insight about how young people experience services.
Among the events taking place in Kirklees was a takeover day at Moor End Technology College.
Representatives of the Student Voice school council were given chance to apply for positions of responsibility at the school, including PAs, learning mentors and even the headteacher.
Pupils were selected for their roles for the day based on their application forms.
Year 10 pupil Shannon Reid worked as school receptionist and Year 9 pupil Saima Akhtar was school manager/bursar for the day.
Shannon said they had enjoyed the experience. “I’d recommend taking over from adults for the day. It gives us a taste of how work will be.”
Also pictured are Year 7 pupil Ramsha Tahir, who was school cook, and 12-year-old Humza Hafeez, who was an exams officer.
Ramsha said: “I’d recommend anyone to take part in Takeover Day as it makes students feel more responsible for their school.” Humza added: “I feel good, like a business man.”
At Kirklees Early Years Service, a group of children visited Oldgate House, on Kirkgate in Huddersfield to take part in a breakfast meeting with the head of service.
They discussed how to brighten up drab offices on the building’s seventh floor – then got to work planning displays and creating artwork themselves.
Clr Jim Dodds, council cabinet member for children and young people, said the takeover day had been a success.
“The 11 Million Takeover’ day offers real opportunities for young children to communicate their experiences, views, concerns and aspirations and brings them to the heart of making decisions.”