DS is now Year 8. In Year 8 the dcs help out the reception desk. DS has done this twice this term already. it's not just one period. it is for 3 periods at a time. Today he will miss the lesson before lunch and all afternoon.
I have no problem with the idea and of course DS thinks it's great fun, love the responsibility etc and gets to carry a walkie talkie Just think twice in a half term is a bit much. Any other schools do this
I think it should be a required course for all children. It is appalling how many kids (at all levels of education and background) enter the working world without basic working skills. They don't know how to answer a telephone and take a message, fill out an application, deal with a client, write a check, do a shopping list....etc etc. It's just a pity for the other children that your ds is getting all the training and they aren't.
DS has come home and said that they are only do it twice a year. Turns out they use the house captains first (which is why he did it first week) then it was his forms turn now. So it doesn't look like he will do PR again this year.
Our school do it in yr8: they do a full day but only have duty about once every 8 weeks. Only selected students get to do it (high attendance, behaviour, etc.)
At the beginning of each lesson they have to go to their class to see if their teacher can provide them with some written work to do if there are not many jobs to do. If at that point the lesson is essential/unmissable, then they don't have to do duty.
They don't answer phones, but they do run errands, put messages into register folders, stick address labels on envelopes, that sort of thing: very much 'office junior' duties.
They provide a useful service in school, and it generally works well in our place. It's not too frequent.
I'm probably going out on a limb here but I sincrely hope that DD's school doesn't do this. Yes I can see it gives children an insight into the boring mundane life of an office junior and inspire them into working hard to escape that fate post 16. But I would rather Dd concerntrated on her school work then stuff envelopes,put notes in registers and run errands and if she was to do it I'd hope it was for one lesson at a time and not for a whole day/morning/afternoon.