Oscar Van Nooijen leads Global Politics at The Abbey School, Reading, one of the original pilot schools, and has been closely involved in the development of the subject since the start of the pilot in 2012. He is also the school’s Director of IB and DP Coordinator, and has been an Extended Essay Coordinator. He has taught DP History, and Theory of Knowledge alongside his Global Politics teaching. His first degree in History and Politics and his Postgraduate Certificate of Secondary Education were taken at The Queen’s College in the University of Oxford. Before entering teaching, he worked in fundraising and university admissions, most recently as Academic Registrar of University College, Oxford. A keen participant in the curriculum design process for Global Politics, he was one of the leading developers of the workshop model for Global Politics, and has been leading workshops since the first one in 2014. Oscar was also the academic reviewer for the Pearson ‘Global Politics’ textbook published in summer 2016. Away from school and IB work, he enjoys collecting books and looking at old buildings.
Brian Hull is a Canadian who has taught in public and private schools in Canada, Kuwait and Dubai since 1998. In addition to his experience teaching several Social Studies courses in Canada, Brian has taught Theory of Knowledge (2001-2014), IB History (2003-2011) and Global Politics (2015 to present), as well as coordinated the CAS, Extended Essay, Diploma and Career-related Programmes. Brian also developed and taught online courses for ten years.
Brian has extensive examining and curriculum development experience and has co-authored a textbook on Canadian History. Brian has two Bachelor degrees from the University of Manitoba and an Advanced International Baccalaureate Master’s Degree in Education from George Mason University. Brian regularly trains for marathons and enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and two teenaged daughters. He is also an avid hockey and Canadian football fan.