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General Discussion / Congratulations to new Quality Mark schools!
« on: September 16, 2016, 01:11:16 PM »
Many congratulations to the schools who recently been awarded GA Quality Marks and centre of Excellence status.
These awards are given to recognise high quality geography in our schools - well done to all the teachers and pupils and students involved!!  :)


Secondary and Centre of Excellence


Val Vannet, Geography teacher and Deputy Rector at the High School, has been awarded the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's (RSGS) Tivy Medal, a prestigious honour which is given for exemplary, outstanding and inspirational teaching, policy or work in education.

Val was an early and very enthusiastic and committed pioneer of this forum; she helped many teachers with her creative and innovative ideas as well as her wise counsel. Her RSGS award is just recognition for her contribution to geographical education, not just in Scotland but much further afield too.

Full story

Well done Val!!

General Discussion / Re: Quick introduction!
« on: September 05, 2016, 03:20:36 PM »
Welcome Harriet to the SLN Geography Forum - it is good to see you here and we look forward to your contribution!

Good luck in your new post  :)


Great uplifting feature!
Feeling positive!  :)

General Discussion / Re: Happy New Year
« on: September 03, 2016, 12:38:05 PM »
Thanks Alan!
Special best wishes to new entrants to teaching, those moving to new schools or taking on new positions!

General Discussion / Re: New OCR B Geography GCSE Facebook group
« on: August 06, 2016, 11:49:37 AM »
Well done Jo .... Thank you and thank you to Alan

General Discussion / Re: Key Geography Lower Ability Support Packs 1 - 4
« on: August 02, 2016, 11:23:45 PM »
Email me on and i'll have a look when I get back from holiday!!!

General Discussion / New PM is a geographer!
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:14:37 PM »
Teresa May studied geography at Uni!

General Discussion / Re: GIS
« on: July 05, 2016, 10:26:48 AM »
From Bob Lang ...
I would strongly recommend using ESRI's ArcGIS Online as its got great potential to be used  not just in fieldwork to meet the exam requirements in the free format but its only £100 per yr with the full package that is what you will need. Because its cloud based there is none of the problems with a package that you have to download and install onto all machines. If you want to give it a try and see its potential try a 60 day free trial on the full access so that you can see its potential with the analytical tools and apps that are very useful for fieldwork such as the survey123 app  and teaching with such as esri storymaps. If you want an idea of what it can do look at this sway presentation :

General Discussion / Re: GCSE starting in year 9
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:13:17 PM »
A thread from December 2015 explores this .....

Where are you based Kat?

All positive news!
Thank you Steve!

General Discussion / Re: Helping students in writing
« on: June 14, 2016, 07:38:14 AM »
For exam technique ...

BUG - the questions, Box round the command words, Underline the key words and Glance back through the question

PEEL the answer - Point, Explain, Evidence and Link back to the question.

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