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General Discussion / GA Worldwise International Competition
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:22:02 AM »

GA Worldwise International Competition

This is the fourth year of the Geographical Association's international competition designed especially for post 16 geography students. The top four entries in the competition will win places to participate in the International Geography Olympiad 2015 to be held at Tver University, near Moscow in Russia. This year the topic chosen is designed in the context of discussions about the A Level reforms which are talking place. Academics at Universities have had a considerable influence on the proposals, drawing on their ideas about what makes good university students. We feel that by entering this competition the best geographers will be able to show that they are not only excellent A level students but also potentially future university geographers. It also looks good on their UCAS entry.
All you as a teacher needs to do is set the task as a homework, ask the students to submit their essay and wait for the judges to make their decision,  details here.
Unless we can obtain sponsorship for this event, all participants will be asked to pay for transport and accommodation for the iGeo competition. We expect this to amount to around £800 and as such participants should plan to raise funds through their own sponsored events. The written answer must be no longer than 1500 words and should be completed in Arial size 12 font.
The closing date for entries is Friday 14 November 2014. The winners who will be invited to be part of Team UK in Russia will be contacted in December 2014.
Julie Beattie
GA Administrator
The Geographical Association
160 Solly Street, Sheffield S1 4BF
Tel: 0114 2960088 Fax: 0114 2967176
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General Discussion / Re: Geography themed Christmas presents!
« on: October 24, 2014, 10:43:34 AM »
Wow - beautiful and very clever!

General Discussion / Re: MAT help
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:47:27 PM »
Please forgive my lack of knowledge. but what is a MAT activity please? I have never heard of it! :-[

General Discussion / Ofsted inspections - clarifications for schools
« on: October 22, 2014, 08:36:40 PM »
Ofsted have recently published guidelines to confirm facts about the requirements of Ofsted and to dispel myths that can result in unnecessary workloads in schools. It should be read alongside the ‘School inspection handbook’, which can be found here:
This document is intended to highlight specific practices that are not required by Ofsted. It is up to schools themselves to determine their practices and for leadership teams to justify these on their own merits rather than by reference to the inspection handbook.

The document is here

General Discussion / Re: workload
« on: October 22, 2014, 08:05:07 PM »
Direct link to the survey here

General Discussion / Re: North Staffs GA Branch
« on: October 20, 2014, 11:13:03 PM »
Next lecture
12 NOVEMBER 2014 at 7.30
RSPB Middleton Lakes,  Warwickshire,  from quarry to tourist attraction; a 167 hectare classroom.
Chris Edwards, RSPB.
All welcome!

Contact the board in the morning

General Discussion / Re: NPQML
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:14:14 PM »
Although I am unfamiliar with the specific requirements of NPQML, I would suggest it should be something that you would be working on in school even if you were not doing the course - might be about new NC, assessing without levels, raising standards of attainment and progress at KS4, supporting non-specialists etc.

Great Podders - thank you very much! ;)

General Discussion / Thinking like a geographer video
« on: September 26, 2014, 07:43:55 PM »
We've had this before but it might be a timely reminder at the start of the year!

General Discussion / The world's most photogenic countries
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:00:14 PM »
Lovely little video and commentary by Rough Guides photographer Tim Draper

General Discussion / Re: North Staffs GA Branch
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:37:34 PM »
The next lecture is:
Threats to Antarctica, Our Last Wilderness,  by Sue Warn, A level examiner and author, on Wednesday 15th October 2014, 7.30 at Science Centre, Staffordshire University, leek Road, Stoke on Trent. Sat Nav postcode ST4 2DF.                                               

Our full programme for 2014-15 is on the GA website

General Discussion / Re: Living on a cliff?
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:17:29 PM »
Great photo ... thanks! Great views from the "house"

General Discussion / Re: No more OfSTED grading of lessons
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:22:45 AM »
Schools will probably be using the Teacher Standards criteria more now.

General Discussion / Re: BBC travel programme on Heimaey
« on: September 06, 2014, 10:21:35 AM »
Thank you ... it was great to "revisit virtually!"

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