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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!"

Please get involved ... don't think "they won't take any notice" - they will and your opionion COUNTS!!

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