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James Scott


History Teacher

Mr. Scott gained a BA (Hons) degree from Lancaster University in Modern European History and Politics, and his PGCE from the University of Plymouth. More recently, he achieved his Masters Degree in International History from Staffordshire University where he specialised in Asian history, specifically the origins and development of Chinese nationalism.  Mr. Scott has taught in the UK, Japan, Thailand and Qatar before joining BIS Abu Dhabi in 2020. 

After an unusual route into teaching, offering free English lessons to Kosovan construction labourers (escaping the 1998-99 Kosovo War) in a bid to keep them gainfully employed, and a journeyman TEFL career in Asia, I returned to the UK to complete my PGCE in 2006. My first teaching post was in Penzance, Cornwall where I taught History and Citizenship for 2 years, and although a ‘baptism of fire’, it was an experience that prepared me well.  Since then, I have taught History in Doha, Qatar, Koh Samui in Thailand, and spent the last 7 years as Head of History at a prominent international school in Bangkok, Thailand.

Like most History teachers worth their salt, I am a bit of a night owl and can often be found furiously researching interesting resources to engage my students. As skillful, analytical writers seem to be a dying breed these days, I am always trying to find new ways to instill good writing practices in my students enabling them to achieve the very top grades at IGCSE and IBDP History.

I moved to Abu Dhabi with my wife Satoko and two young sons Archie and Alfie, who are enjoying a new life in the desert. I grew up in the Middle East in the 1980s where I remember a very happy childhood, and I am hoping my family will find similar happiness living here.