YOUNG people throughout the town stepped into the shoes of adults during a unique experience that involved role reversal.
Children switched places with grown-ups during an innovative Takeover Day that saw the youngsters helping to run services in Hartlepool as part of a national event.
Among them were students at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, who switched places with school staff to get a taste of the world of work, as well as youngsters who took part in a debate with town decision-makers, including councillors and MP Iain Wright.
Going to school yesterday may have been just a little bit different for the youngsters, who shadowed and worked alongside members of staff at Dyke House including senior teachers, receptionists, librarians, catering staff and technicians to experience what they do.
Students also worked with their teachers to prepare and deliver lessons to other pupils and others planned and gave assemblies to their peers.
The day, organised by members of Dyke House College Council, provided students with a unique insight into what it means to enter the world of work, in a way that gave both them and their fellow students a unique learning experience.
Headteacher Andrew Jordon said: “Takeover Day is an inspired and interesting concept allowing students to gain a real insight into the workings of the school.”
College council member Beth Scott, 14, felt that it had been good to gain experience planning and helping teach lessons.
Fellow council member Matthew Streeting, 13, added that it had been a huge success and an event he was looking forward to happening again.
Meanwhile other events organised by Hartlepool Borough Council’s youth support service participation team saw young people shadow senior councillors and council staff including the cabinet member for finance and corporate services, independent councillor Paul Thompson.
Assistant directors of child and adult services, Sally Robinson and Dean Jackson, integrated transport manager Paul Robson and community safety manager Sally Forth were also involved.
Together with the council’s chief solicitor, Peter Devlin, Coun Thompson gave his “shadows” an overview of the current mayoral system and explained how they will change to a new committee structure in May, following the outcome of last week’s referendum.
The young citizens also questioned a panel of some of Hartlepool’s decision-makers in a debate in the Council Chamber focusing on drugs and alcohol and the future of the town’s youth centres and were also given an overview of the budget process.