Zach studied History and Politics at Oxford, graduating in 2010, followed by a PGCE in Citizenship Education at the University of London. He spent his NQT year teaching PSHCE and Politics in South Yorkshire, reasonably close to his native Halifax, before moving back to London to become Head of Politics in a large comprehensive faith school. Zach learned a lot during his time there, and particularly enjoyed his role supporting students through the UCAS process, but after four years, was looking for a new challenge and has found it in BISW!
My overriding passion is engaging young people in the democratic process and supporting them to become active, responsible and well-informed citizens. Before teaching, I worked for the British Youth Council, and chaired the Board of Trustees of the UK Youth Parliament, and have also served as a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation. I am therefore particularly excited to teach Global Politics and Global Perspectives at BISW; both courses are designed to immerse students in the world around them and give them the tools to be effective participants in it.
Outside of school, I enjoy theatre, music, walking and playing softball. Whilst I can’t, alas, watch the mighty Huddersfield Town anymore I’ve been able to replace that with following the Caps, the Nats, the Wizards and DC United, which keeps me entertained. I’ve also been able to indulge my interest in American politics, which is my academic specialism, and feel very fortunate to be living in the United States during such ‘interesting’ political times! In the UK, I also did quite a bit of voluntary work; I mentored young people from non-traditional backgrounds through their applications to Oxbridge and for several years was a special constable in the Metropolitan Police.
I greatly appreciate the opportunity to lead the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at BISW. As well as working with fantastic colleagues and wonderful students, from a rich variety of backgrounds, I am attracted to the School’s focus on personalised learning and ensuring that all students, regardless of their ability, make good progress and realise their potential.