Thursday 11th June 2009 by C. Freeman
Former Brooke Weston student Daniel Gill experienced life here as a teacher on a vocational placement. He left the Sixth Form two years ago but returned to work alongside his former teachers in the PE department.
Daniel said: 'It's strange coming back but this time being on the teaching side and calling the sports staff by their first names! I've always loved sport and have got an interest in special needs education as well. A lot of my family are in teaching and I thought it would be interesting to go into.'
He wants to be either a sports or special needs teacher and is studying both subjects as part of a joint honours degree at Nottingham Trent University. He carried out research as part of his five-week placement and is now writing an 11,000 word essay on how all ability ranges are catered for within the PE department.
Daniel coached students in rounders, softball, cricket and athletics, which will also prove good experience for his summer job as a sports leader. He has one more year at university and then plans to travel before embarking on a teaching career. He said: 'I've really enjoyed it. Everyone in the school has been great. They've given me any resources that I've needed and have just been really helpful. I've particularly liked working with the younger students.'