Year 12 students have received certificates for voluntary work they completed at a local primary school. The students went to Oakley Vale school each week, for a minimum of eight weeks while others stayed for a 24-week placement.
The work was part of the IEC diploma, where students choose to undertake a work, voluntary or sports activity on Wednesday afternoon to broaden their experiences and given them real-world experience.
Teacher Mr Clasper said: ‘Around nine or ten completed at least an eight-week placement. Others completed 24 weeks and three are doing even more than that as they are interested in doing primary teaching.’
Sami Kettle said: ‘It was a really good experience. I worked with Year 2s and I have decided that that is the age group that I want to specialise in. It clarified that I definitely wanted to go to university to do a B.Ed. I liked working with individual students and helping out with classroom activities. Children learn differently so you have to try and explain things in different ways, depending on the individual.'
Kira Ogden said: ‘I was doing two placements a week working with Year 1s and 5s. The staff at Oakley Vale were very helpful, the teacher I was with let me work with individuals and groups of students. I would recommend it, even if you only do a few weeks up there as it definitely gives you a valuable experience. I am going to do an Open University degree as I want to stay at home and do more work experience at my old primary school.’