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General Discussion / Re: New specs
« on: February 21, 2016, 03:04:01 PM »
I'm at Leeds for Spec B 23rd March and for A-level on 20th June - do say hi if you're there too :)

General Discussion / online learning - AQA A-level
« on: January 30, 2016, 11:49:43 AM »
I have a Y12 student wanting to move from Chemistry to Geography, but we don't have an AS Geography course this year (long story). Parents want him to do an online course (supported by me of course!!), and want me to recommend one... Anyone have any experience of such things?

General Discussion / Re: Exotic field trip recommendations?
« on: August 13, 2015, 12:49:27 AM »
Thank you everyone, some food for thought there. Appreciate it very much, especially as I don't contribute on SLN much these days. Thanks Kate for that recommendation.  :)

General Discussion / Exotic field trip recommendations?
« on: August 03, 2015, 01:56:08 PM »
I am hoping to plan a school trip somewhere 'life-changing' for Easter (or possibly Summer) 2017. I'm thinking probably about 10-15 mixed-age students (age 14-18). Not really a Geography trip as such, though of course hoping it will enrich their geographical understanding - human and physical. For various educational and practical reasons, I am thinking maybe tropical rainforest and/or coral reefs - but I'm not hugely restricted by that. Uganda, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Namibia, the Amazon, The Azores, Cuba, Tibet / Bhutan are the locations which have sprung to mind. If there was some 'social responsibility' aspect to the trip (building something, helping out in a school, etc.) that would be ideal.

Just wondering if anyone has been to one of these places, or somewhere similar, with a schools fieldwork company and could recommend?  Our kids aren't super wealthy, so £2000 is probably out of the question, unless they could do some fund raising for it.

The Specialist Travel Company ( has come up on google searches, but I've never heard of them - anyone know about them? Discover the World are another I can find...

General Discussion / Re: Glaciers
« on: July 09, 2015, 07:19:15 AM »
Glaciers dull??? I LOVE glaciers and everything glacial!! Still remember showing my (Middlesbrough) students a photo of a glacier with moraine strips and asking them what it was, to get the most popular reply "some sort of motorway". Depends on your clientele, obviously, but for many it is a chance to show them things beyond their 'everyday' - a real "awe and wonder" opportunity. And unless you are in London or Southern England, where you are was covered in 1km+ of ice as recently as 15,000 years ago (depending on where you are) - which, compared to dinosaur extinction 65Mya or age of Earth at 4,600Mya, is basically yesterday [another awe and wonder opportunity].

General Discussion / Re: Short course GCSE
« on: July 02, 2015, 08:03:24 PM »
Thanks for replying Graham! - it's not happening now for various reasons, but if it comes up again I think as you say I would go for the full course.

General Discussion / Short course GCSE
« on: May 22, 2015, 08:29:16 PM »
Normally we offer an option block of short-course RE or an Outdoor Ed qualification - but this year several students have suggested they would like to do a short course Geography qualification instead. They range in ability - some for whom C at GCSE would be a massive achievement, some EAL students who struggle with the English but are intelligent and interested, and some who would be aiming for A/B at GCSE level. We are an independent school so league table points etc isn't a factor - I just want a course which is do-able in 2 x 55 mins per week over 2 years and is accessible and useful... Can anyone advise?? - it looks like OCR do a short-course GCSE, so that's favourite at the moment. There is also an ASDAN course, but that looks too simple. There is an 'Edexcel Certificate' which appears to be an international qualification (no problem with that), but at a glance it seems to have some complex 9-mark questions which would stretch most of them quite a lot...

Any advice / ideas gratefully received...

General Discussion / Re: The Causes of Global Warming
« on: February 14, 2015, 12:36:50 AM »
Great, thanks Simon, good find :)
I'm lucky enough to be able to basically talk through the issues with my Y9 - though I have also made a powerpoint which goes through many misconceptions students have about global warming and they just have to say 'true', 'maybe' or 'false'...

General Discussion / Re: IB Geography Exam
« on: January 13, 2015, 01:52:51 AM »
I'm a Team Leader on P3, and although diagrams are encouraged in the blurb, there certainly isn't a requirement - I'd say 10% max include a map or diagram, and 70% of them are fairly pointless and don't add anything to the essay (eg three 'globes' of decreasing size from left to right to show 'shrinking world' idea...). In the November exam I did see one two-part map showing changing economic flows from mainly 'core' to 'periphery' countries to more two-way and also more flows between emerging economies... 

General Discussion / Re: new spec for sept
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:28:39 AM »
I do 3-year GCSE. I am hoping that at least there is some indication from boards as to what might be relevant to study in September 2015 with Year 9... Jon Wolton at Edexcel has been asking teachers about this, but not heard anything for a while...

General Discussion / Drinking bat blood in the desert to survive
« on: January 09, 2015, 07:26:09 AM »
Brilliant account of desert marathon runner and how he survived for 10 days in the desert - fascinating story relevant to Specs with Deserts / Extreme Climates topic -

General Discussion / Re: Ofsted inspections - clarifications for schools
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:30:56 PM »
Interesting, thank you Kate - relevant to other thread re workload as well... hope the message is getting through re lack of lesson / teacher grading, evidence required (ie lesson plans not needed etc.). Enlightening in view of the other thread re workload.

General Discussion / Re: workload
« on: November 10, 2014, 11:15:28 AM »
This whole area I feel passionate about. I have a few quick suggestions:
(1) Appraisal / PM targets must include at least one which is focused on self-care
(2) Ofsted inspections (and ISI) include a proper investigation of workload [if appraisal included this, would be relatively easy to do as there should be records of what each teacher has done / been supported with...], with schools which give only tokenistic support for sensible work-life balance / self care etc criticised accordingly
(3) A senior manager with heart for this stuff (guess there might be some somewhere???? - eg Graham!!) to have this whole area in their job description etc.

My wife is an alternative health therapist (ex English teacher), and has begun doing INSET with schools, partly with a view to getting clients amongst the exhausted teachers, which she can then show how to look after themselves better [having witnessed at close hand not only me, but many other teachers struggling like crazy with their mental, physical and spiritual health, she has a passion for this]. One enlightened local primary school is paying for ALL their teachers to have a 10-week programme of 'teacher self-care', part one-to-one and part group work - because the Head, having been 'treated' by my wife, has seen the benefits not only for her own well-being, but the positive modelling for the children too.

The other thing I would add to this is that in my experience many senior managers are if anything MORE run off their feet than those at the chalk face, hence the s**t gets passed down rather than intercepted... it should at least become a bit of stemflow and leafdrip rather than the full whammy... :D

General Discussion / Re: Rising numbers for geography at AS and A2
« on: August 03, 2014, 05:58:45 PM »
Perhaps people already know, but highest increase of all subjects at GCSE too (19%) - see

General Discussion / Re: Census quiz thing
« on: July 23, 2014, 06:00:16 AM »
Keep getting miles out on the home owner thing - but I think I've realised why - it says "owned with a mortgage" - so presumably doesn't count those who have paid their mortgage off... RTQ...   :D

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