Wednesday 7th October 2009 by C. Freeman
Sixth Formers Nicky Griffin and Edward Lockwood are coaching lower school students during PE lessons. It is the final part of the Sports Leaders course that they studied last year. To qualify they have to complete ten hours of practical work.
The duo are now helping out with Years 7, 8 and 9 with basketball, indoor athletics and other sports disciplines. They previously had experience working with students from Oakley Vale primary school.
Nicky said: 'We've been doing the sports leaders course for a year through Year 12 IEC where you learn how to set up lessons, approach the children and how to teach them. We are now getting to practice it for real with Brooke Weston students, reinforcing what the teachers do. A couple of days ago Mr Shorrock took half the class at basketball and I took the other half. I make sure they are doing what they are supposed to and, if they do it well, then ask them what they can do differently and add a bit of variety.'
Edward said: 'It helps both the students and our leadership skills so we get practice leading the actual sessions. I want to eventually go into business management so I like taking a leadership role and it's something I'm quite confident at. We'll probably carry on into next term which is more than the ten hours, just to get the practice in and because it is enjoyable and worth trying to get involved in.'