Pupils for a Day

Governors live the school experience from a pupils point of view How can school governors deepen their understanding of the pupil experience of school? One Local Authoriity thinks it has the answer – offering its governors the chance to become pupils for a day.

School governors are expected to help make crucial decisions on behalf of the pupils. Knowing exactly how it feels to be on the receiving end can be particularly helpful when endorsing or making decisions about the running of the school. Secondary school governor Karen Patrick joins governors from Greenwich Borough, London, as they go back to school for the day to gaining a deeper understanding of the pupil experience. As chair of the curriculum and learning committee at her own school Karen chooses her subjects for the day, and experiences not just the core subjects, but also breakfast club, school dinners and assembly. Linda Callaghan, organiser of the event from Greenwich Children Services, hopes it will be a memorable and fun way of experiencing a day at school first hand.

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