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David Gairn

I was born just north of Liverpool in Southport and grew up in the quiet suburb of Formby. I have a BSc (honours) degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education from Liverpool John Moores University where I also studied for my PGCE in Physical Education.

I am about to embark on my eighth year of teaching. During my career I have worked in a variety of schools and have a vast amount of experience teaching pupils with additional needs as well as coaching teams to succeed at a school championships level in a variety of sports and to a county level with Rugby. As a teacher I have held many positions including Second in Department, Head of Department, PE curriculum co-ordinator in a partner school as well as being the Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator. I have been very lucky to teach students from a wide range of backgrounds. I have extensive experience with the UK KS3 and KS4 National Curriculum, GCSE, BTEC Sport, Junior Sport Leader Awards and of course the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The results attained by my classes over my teaching career have proven that my teaching in the classroom has a positive impact on results, and the development of young people holistically is demonstrated by their success both as sports people in a variety of teams as well as the number of young people who have achieved their Duke of Edinburgh awards under my guidance. I look forward to continuing this at NAS Dubai to ensure my students are attaining their full potential.

During my spare time I enjoy playing Rugby, doing Judo and going to the gym as well as taking part in anything else active or in the outdoors.

I believe as a PE teacher, that there is something for everyone in PE and that although the progress and performance of every child is very important, their health, well being and life long participation in sport should be recognised as a major part of a PE teacher's success criteria. In order to achieve this I ensure that lessons are a challenging and rewarding experience as well as contributing to an extensive enrichment programme.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the NAS family and to work in a school that has an excellent reputation across Dubai.