Born and raised in Canada but now calling London, England home, Geordie Raine is entering his 13th year in the classroom. The last four years have been spent teaching in the UK. He has an enormous passion for history and a fascination with its interplay with politics. Always keen to innovate and stay on top of the latest research in education, he’d welcome the chance to connect with the likeminded. He has taught and History and Politics at A Level and GCSE at a non-selective state comprehensive school, and is currently the head of History and Politics at Immanuel College in Bushey.
Three years ago, when the government announced the new linear A Levels, I began looking for ways to help students meet the challenge, both at this level and at GCSE. In History and Politics these changes promised courses would be more rigorous, content heavy, and demanding. While I support the shift to a knowledge-based curriculum, I did share many colleagues’ concerns about the feasibility of adding the demands of this new curriculum to an already incredibly demanding working environment.