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I know all the exam boards will be running courses about their specs ... but the GA are offering a unique course where ALL four exam boards will be present to outline their specs and in addition there will be workshops led by leading teachers. They run 3 times in June in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

"New GCSE geography specifications will be available for first teaching in 2016. Join the GA and the four major awarding organisations to find out about the new specifications and start to explore some of their key changes and challenges. These conferences will enable teachers to make an informed choice about the new GCSE geography specifications and take away practical teaching advice and examples of good practice."

Full details ....

General Discussion / Re: AlfieSoft for electronic marking
« on: May 15, 2015, 07:36:52 PM »
Lular - Blackfriar's judgement will be spot on!

General Discussion / Design a new OS map symbol competition
« on: May 14, 2015, 10:33:51 AM »
Could be engaging for some pupils

Sorry for short notice - entries in by 31st may

General Discussion / Re: A Level - choices of boys and girls
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:07:25 PM »
Very interesting - tank you - useful to have the data to support what we thought!

General Discussion / Re: Christian Aid Week resources
« on: May 11, 2015, 03:04:38 PM »
Thank you! A lot of useful resources here for those "topical" and sometimes "difficult" topics / issues.

The GA have launched their resource pack for this year's WorldWise Week - Making an Impact
The pack contains lots of ideas for activities which you could do with your pupils during the week (or at any other time)


Do you think map reading skills are still necessary? What do your students think?

Welcome back Rob!  :)

General Discussion / Re: Why Nepal was not ready.
« on: April 28, 2015, 06:58:49 PM »
Thanks Stephen - its a disaster of significant magnitude and does not seem to have been given as much coverage as it warrants, due to something happening in UK next week!

General Discussion / Geographical Association job vacancy
« on: April 16, 2015, 04:23:22 PM »

Secondary Curriculum Leader

The Geographical Association is seeking a dynamic and passionate secondary geography specialist to take a lead on our curriculum and professional development work.

You'll be an expert in geography education and have your finger on the pulse when it comes to professional development and professional networking. You'll be knowledgeable about curriculum change, effective teaching strategies and subject leadership, have recent classroom experience and a proven track record in raising achievement through educational projects and initiatives. Above all you'll share the GA's views on the importance of geography in education and have the drive and vision to support the GA’s charitable mission to ‘further geographical knowledge and understanding through education’.

The GA, which is the leading subject association for all teachers of geography, is a registered charity and an equal opportunities employer.

A job description, person specification and information about the post and the GA are available at

It would be great if an SLNer went for this opportunity!!

General Discussion / Re: Helping Y11 reach targets
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:16:26 AM »
BUG is about the question ...
Try PEEL for an answer scaffold .....

Example or Evidence
Link back to the question
Examples here

APPLES can be used as well to extend writing fluently
Audience (who it is written for?)
Purpose (Does it achieve what it sets out to do?
Presentation (Is your layout effective?)
Language (What style and tone is required?)
Evidence / Examples (Are they relevant and explained?
Success (Is it successful?)

General Discussion / Re: Urbanized Documentary
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:32:13 PM »
Thank you - this looks interesting!!

General Discussion / Re: Job Application
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:40:56 AM »
Well done Ads! Good luck with the new post! :)

General Discussion / Re: Desperately seeking progress...
« on: March 06, 2015, 10:39:34 AM »
I am sorry to hear of your dilemmas Dave.

This is not specifically for post 16, but is the most recent GA advice on NC assessment.

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