IT was a case of trading places at a Waterlooville school where pupils became teachers for the day.
Youngsters at Crookhorn College of Technology got the chance to find out what life is like at the front of the classroom.
The students had spent weeks preparing to teach drama, English and cookery to pupils from Purbrook Junior School, Springwood Juniors and Morelands Primary School.
It was all in a bid to encourage them to be more independent.
The sessions were organised by English teacher Claire Weeks as part of her dissertation for her masters’ degree in education.
She said: ‘They have responded really well.
‘To start with they were quite laid back.
‘But once it got going they were absolutely brilliant.
‘Everything was their choice, down to the subject choices and what schools they wanted and what age they wanted.
‘For me, it’s been one of the hardest things ever to leave some 15 and 16-year-olds in charged of somebody else’s learning.
‘But they have been absolutely amazing. I’m so proud of them.
‘They have benefited not just from their grades but their attitudes as well.
‘They are definitely a lot more independent.
‘It prepares them for later when they go to college and university.
The students prepared everything from writing to the schools to invite them in, to organising transport to get the pupils into the school, to planning the lesson for the afternoon.
They spent around a month preparing for the day.
Megan Knight, 15, was teaching pupils how to bake a cake.
She said: ‘It was pretty exciting. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it was going to be. I have never taught kids before.
‘I’ve enjoyed myself and they did as well.’
Tianna Bettam, nine, from Purbrook Junior School, said: ‘I’m really happy. I love it.
‘It’s a bit strange but I like it and they were good teachers.’
Louise Black, 15, was teaching pupils drama.
She said: ‘It was good. It got us to do our exam but in a fun way.
‘Now we know how our teachers feel every time we don’t pay attention.
‘It makes you more confident because of the responsibility.’