Geography has long been a staple subject in Scotland’s schools. It has always had a strong relevance for pupils and it’s a good fit with other disciplines under Curriculum for Excellence.
While much of a Geography teacher’s work is focused on the physical environment and natural phenomena such as climate, human impact on the planet is also explored. Studies areas include things like rural and urban development, settlement patterns and population studies.
Geography teacher training options
Geography teachers must have a degree in Geography plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or have studied study a degree that combines professional education with Geography.
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Zoe Halliday – Geography Teacher at Douglas Ewart High School
“I love teaching Geography. It’s a modern subject that’s relevant to pupils, covering topics such as climate change, and it teaches pupils to have a respect for their natural environment and shows them the vast timeline of the world. I enjoy the time with pupils, exploring my subject and encouraging them to be enthusiastic about it.
"I want to help my pupils succeed and get as much out of school as possible. I run after-school clubs three nights a week and contribute to wider school events. I think it’s great for pupils to see their teachers taking a genuine interest in them and their lives, not just their performance in the classroom.
"There are lots of opportunities for career progression in teaching and to keep challenging yourself. It’s the kind of job that if you want to keep learning then you can. Every day is different when you are working with young people."