Thursday 23rd September 2010 by C. Freeman
Around 20 students, with an interest in a teaching career, have signed up to undertake work placements at Oakley Vale Primary School. It is the second year that Sixth Formers have committed to complete at least an eight-week placement, and many enjoyed their time at the primary school so much they visited each week for up to three terms.
Mr Clasper, who co-ordinates the Brooke Weston students, said: 'The Year 12 students normally have four study sessions free per week. This scheme means they can spend one of those sessions helping out at Oakley Vale Primary School to get a real insight into teaching and see if it may be a viable career choice for them eventually.
'They could teach anything from numeracy, literacy or ICT; some may work with two or three year groups while others stay with the same class. If they enjoy it and they are getting on well then they might continue longer than the initial term. Last year we started with 28 students signing up, 23 completed the course and about a dozen or so went up for three terms and only finished when exam pressure was becoming too much.'