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‘They’ve been in the world a lot longer than we have’

Pupils grow in confidence thanks to the help of retired volunteers in the classroom

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You’ve seen the TV programmes, you’ve read the articles – it’s fairly common these days for schoolchildren to visit the residences of older people. Depending on the visitors’ age, the two generations might bond over nursery rhymes or tea and a slice of cake, for an hour or two.

But what if the older people turned the tables and visited classrooms to share decades of accumulated knowledge and experience? Not only that, but these visitors would come back week after week, bonding with and imparting wisdom to dozens of pupils.

That is what one school has decided to do with a programme that is ...

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