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Lauren Flanagan

Lauren Flanagan

Head of Humanities

BA (Hons) History, University of Sheffield

PGCE Secondary History, The Institute of Education at University College London 

Lauren started her teaching career in 2008 in London having been inspired by her time as learning assistant in her hometown of Oxford and a teaching placement in Thailand.  Her first post was in a large comprehensive school in London teaching History and running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. IN 2012, Lauren took up her first international school post at the Nord Anglia British International School of Chicago. During her time in Chicago, Lauren ran the Model United Nations programme and was promoted to Head of Social Studies, leading a large department and teaching IGCSE and the IB Diploma Programme. 

Lauren moved to BISB as Head of Humanities in 2018. She has taken full advantage of the opportunities offered through Nord Anglia University and completed the three-term Middle Leadership Programme in 2016. 

Lauren is ambitious for the students to embrace Social Studies as a holistic subject group in which they achieve their best, learn more about the world around them and become internationally-minded leaders of tomorrow. In regards to her own subject specialism, History, she believes passionately that its core principles - enquiring about the past, empathising with those who lived it and questioning the manner in which we understand it - are tremendously important skills that are fundamental to understanding the world we live in.

In her spare time Lauren loves to travel and has been lucky to visit some amazing places: Zambia, Botswana, Thailand, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Columbia, Peru, Thailand and lots of Europe. While in Chicago she managed to visit 36 states and hopes to fit the other 14 in sometime soon!  She also enjoys cycling, hiking and running and participated in the Chicago marathon in 2016.