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David Gairn

David Gairn

PE Second in Department, Duke of Edinburgh IA Coordinator

I joined NAS Dubai in 2017 and have enjoyed the varied, exciting challenges and opportunities that working in one of Dubai’s top schools PE departments brings you. I am currently 2nd in charge of the PE department and also work as the Duke of Edinburgh International Award coordinator.

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.

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 coordinator in a partner school as well as being the Duke of Edinburgh coordinator. 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

Here at NAS Dubai, I have been part of our recently very strong GCSE results and all of our PE curriculum from early years through to the 6th form. I’m looking forward to being part of our newly formed A level program which I have enjoyed teaching in the past and I’m excited to adding it to our successful available options.

Outside of our PE Curriculum lessons I lead the Rugby Programme here at NAS Dubai and with our growing school we are looking forward to building on our successful seasons in both the weekend 7’s and 10’s tournaments as well as the 15 a side season.

Leading our Duke of Edinburgh International Award allows me to provide opportunities for our students to develop is young people by helping them challenge themselves and develop a whole host of soft skills. The D of E IA students have opportunities to take part in expeditions in a variety of locations both here in the UAE, Oman and the Swiss Alps. We hope to continue to offer a variety of locations in the future.

Away from school I play Rugby for the Dubai Exiles, do Judo and regularly train at the gym as well as enjoying spending time in the outdoors.

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