Dyke House pupils show peers the way

Proud of them all: Dyke House School R.E. teacher Leigh-Anne Preston with the Year 10 students who have been teaching Year 7 pupils. From left are: Danny Lloyd, Rachel Frost, Maddie Major, Beth Scott, Chloe Nichols, Dulcie Rodgers and Dylan Smith.

Proud of them all: Dyke House School R.E. teacher Leigh-Anne Preston with the Year 10 students who have been teaching Year 7 pupils. From left are: Danny Lloyd, Rachel Frost, Maddie Major, Beth Scott, Chloe Nichols, Dulcie Rodgers and Dylan Smith.

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BRIGHT youngsters swapped places with their teachers to lead lessons with younger pupils as part of an innovative scheme.

Year 10 pupils at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, spent the day teaching dozens of Year 7 pupils as part of a ‘Deep Experience Day’.

Year 10 student Danny Lloyd teaches Year 7 pupils Ebony Hope (centre) and Tiegan Bartle.

Year 10 student Danny Lloyd teaches Year 7 pupils Ebony Hope (centre) and Tiegan Bartle.

It is the first time staff at the school have ever handed over the reigns to the students, in order for them to teach their peers but those behind the scheme say it was a huge success.

So much so, that the Year 10 pupils are now going to present their work to the school’s senior management team in a bid to repeat it with other year groups.

The older pupils have spent the past four weeks planning the lessons – which focused on diversity – in their citizenship lessons at the school.

A total of 37 pupils helped teach 190 Year 7 pupils across 17 groups.

As part of the lessons, the younger pupils had to come up with their own country, flag, national anthem and constitution in a bid to teach them about the importance of different cultures and diversity.

Kirsty Gray, head of Year 7, and Leigh-Anne Preston, head of religious studies, helped organise the day and teachers helped oversee the lessons led by the Year 10 pupils.

Mrs Gray said: “This was the first time we have ever done anything like this and the day itself was absolutely fantastic.

“The Year 10 pupils did a superb job and their work ethic and enthusiasm was fundamental to its success.

“They want to do it again and they deserve a lot of credit.

“It has helped them learn more about themselves as well and the Year 10 pupils are now going to present their work to the senior management team with the aim of training up other Year 10 pupils to teach up and coming Year 7 pupils.

“Peer teaching is quite innovative and there has been a lot of research, particularly in the USA, into its benefits to both the younger and older pupils.”

According to staff at the school, research shows that it helps younger children absorb the information and it helps youngsters with behavioural and emotional problems as well as more able children.