Gordonstoun is seeking a dynamic, enthusiastic and innovative Teacher of Humanities to join the excellent History and Geography departments. The ability to teach Geography to GCSE standard is essential and experience of delivering History from Year 7 to GCSE would be desirable. You will be someone who can enthuse students and promote the importance of both geography and history to the young people of Gordonstoun, in order to help them gain formal qualifications and aid them in taking their place as twenty-first century international citizens. All candidates should be registered or eligible for registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, as this is a condition of employment.
Humanities at Gordonstoun
Geography at Gordonstoun is a successful and highly valued subject. All Y9 students take Geography and follow a selected curriculum of key units which are not covered at GCSE or A-level, but compliment these topics with key skills. Many students opt to take Geography to GCSE and will follow the OCR A GCSE Geography syllabus. Classes are not streamed as they are taught in different pools; they are normally taken through the two years of the GCSE course by one teacher. Fieldwork remains an essential part of the course with excellent opportunities for both short and extended trips in the local area. The department is also commencing a new 1 year course where two teachers will teach the OCR A specification in a compressed format. Details of our teaching can be found on our department website: https://gordonstoungeography.wordpress.com/
The Sixth Form follow the new OCR AS/A2 Geography specification. Geography is a popular A level choice, with two sets in each sixth form year averaging around 12 pupils. Two teachers share the teaching load at both AS and A2.
History is taught separately in the lower school alongside Geography in preparation for progression of the skills necessary for undertaking OCR GCSE Explaining the Modern World in Year 10. The Year 7 course looks at Medieval England from 1066 to the Peasants’ Revolt and in Year 8 we study religious, political and economic change in Europe with a case study in Scotland. The Year 9 course focusses on the clash of cultures between Native Americans and white settlers in the USA in the C19th. This is followed by WWI; its causes and impact on British Society. Learning involves pupils being actively engaged, going out on field trips and investigating key individuals from their own family history or the war veterans from Gordonstoun.
The Departments are housed in their own teaching block, with 6 teaching rooms, a computer room and staff offices. The Departments are well resourced with books, DVDs, and other teaching resources. Each classroom is equipped with a PC computer, an interactive whiteboard and ceiling mounted projectors.