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    Teaching - where do I stand?!

    Well I've been told I'm being made redundant, so attended a college induction this week. On seeing my CV/experience my tutor asked if I could teach the practical element of pest and predator control (I've 10 years experience) - naturally I'm chuffed!i get course credit and good contacts from it!

    Just wondered where I stood with regards to doing demo's with firearms? I just want to take them through safety etc (live fire will be 1:1 mentoring to those interested)

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    At the front of the class, facing the students

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    Joke answers aside - you may want to run it past your local FLO in case they have issues with it - but a letter from the establishment inviting you in for the task should well be good enough reason to do what you want to do

    EDIT: & make sure the college gives you extra credits/deducts that part of the course from your fee accordingly/pays you - or a combination of the above!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyDoom View Post
    Well I've been told I'm being made redundant, so attended a college induction this week. On seeing my CV/experience my tutor asked if I could teach the practical element of pest and predator control (I've 10 years experience) - naturally I'm chuffed!i get course credit and good contacts from it!

    Just wondered where I stood with regards to doing demo's with firearms? I just want to take them through safety etc (live fire will be 1:1 mentoring to those interested)
    Sounds promising and as you say may open a few doors for more shooting along the way.

    I think that if I was going to take a rifle into a school or college I would remove the firing pin from the bolt and ensure that I had written permission from the headmaster/principle.

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    It very much depends on what "Demos'" incorporates.
    Come and visit us for a Blaser or Mauser fitting, get the right rifle for your needs.

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    Good luck, mate.
    Sounds like something that could be very rewarding.
    Teaching a slightly "out of the ordinary" subject is great, because you tend to get students who actually want to be there, and want to learn. Once you all gel together as a group I think you'll get as much out of it as they do.

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    I wanted to talk them through firearms safety, and will be taking small groups out to demonstrate various aspects of vermin control (including firearms).

    As far as I'm aware there's no legal requirement to have formal training if I'm going to effectively be their mentor? I will have the tutor with me at all times anyway who'll be covering the health & safety side.

    I guess to further clarify my question, what's the situation with regards to teaching them a little about firearms? - I realise they won't have any formal benefit from what I show them, but they will be learning about various types of vermin control and the use of firearms so I think it's important they have some practical experience.

    I will also be pointing them in the right direction with regards to Lantra qualifications and DMQ's etc.

    I also get free shooting and fishing on the land belonging to the campus

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    As a teacher in a secondary school - I know the rules are different from FE colleges. The course leader should ask you to do something to a syllabus which may or may not require rifles. If it does, they may ask for a risk assessment but should provide you with all documentation for the rifle being where it is required.

    Just remember all best practise, bolt separate, trigger lock etc etc and it will all be fine, if it isn't - you won't get on site with a rifle and they will be clear beforehand.

    Hope this helps

    Richard

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    hi pal just one word for ya "INSURANCE !!!!" get that and the relivant paperwork permissions in place and go for it
    regards
    jimmy

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    the smart plan is to do timetabled off site work with those involved. A class room environment is a busy learning centre is far from ideal and I would stay clear of it. On a familiar ground though allows you more freedom to demonstrate and also without the stuffy pressure of being at the front of a class.

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