Could children teaching children be the way forward?

Older children at this school in Bristol are helping younger pupils

Schools in the West are pioneering a new way of educating children - by getting the pupils to do some of the teaching.

Older children are regularly helping out younger ones in core subjects like English and maths. It's an approach that's sparked much debate but supporters say the results prove it works.

Former head teacher Neil Harris, of Coaching for Progress, which is rolling out the scheme, says:

Year 6 children ages 10 and 11 are paired with those two years their junior and meet once a fortnight. They told ITV News that they enjoy the opportunity.

Bristol City Council funded the idea for a period before Sefton Park Junior School in Bristol made it part of their curriculum by using their own budget to pay for it.

Head teacher Jan Lonsdale explains: "The more teachers you have in the classroom and the more open culture of supporting one another then the more achievement you'll get."

A more traditional approach of teaching at Sefton Park Junior School Credit: ITV News

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