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Swadlincote school pupils take work experience selfies - SLIDESHOW

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

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MOST youngsters heading out on work experience normally would have their minds set on making cups of tea but, at one South Derbyshire school, pupils were told to mark the occasion in a different way - by taking a selfie.

Hundreds of Year 10 pupils at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, have been taking part in the annual work experience programme and marking their time out in the world of work by taking a snapshot out and about in the various roles that they took.

Simon Waller, head of key stage four at the school, told the Mail: “The pupils have been on some amazing placements this year.

“They benefit from work experience greatly and we are really grateful to the businesses and organisations that make it so valuable. This year we encouraged the students to tweet their work experience selfies to show us what they had been doing.

“They now can all be seen by visiting the schools Twitter account
 @ThePingleSchool.”

For the uninitiated, a ‘selfie’ is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a mobile phone and uploaded to a social media site such as Facebook and Twitter.

Recently, the Mail charted how the era of the selfie had arrived.

The phenomenon has grown and grown in recent years, so much so that when the Mail put out a call for readers to send in their best ‘selfies’ more than 20 landed in the editor’s email inbox in hours and around 50 in the space of a week.

A variety of pictures were sent in – from people in a rowing boat to others enjoying a glass of beer (well this is Burton after all, the home of brewing) to Burton Rugby Club players.

Selfies have become such a part of popular culture that the Oxford English Dictionary crowned it word of the year in 2013.

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