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General Discussion / Re: KS2 New curric SOW
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:45:48 PM »
Hi Andoca
In some ways it is sad to read your question .... no geographer in a middle school to lead curriculum development or guide the teaching ... I understand your role has changed a lot. No LA support either!!
I would definitely go down a places route - children love learning about countries, features, how people live, similarities and differences etc. You will need to liaise with the first schools of course. Carefully chosen countries and regions should / could cover all the other NC requirements. 

I would urge that those teachers who are teaching geography are consulted and those with experience of localities can be encouraged to use their experience and knowledge.

Email me and I'll see what I can do!!!

General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« on: July 24, 2014, 12:37:29 AM »
Congratulations on your appointment! Welcome to this forum too - I hope you will find it really useful and supportive!
Make sure you join the GA - there is a host of materials here
Join the local GA branch - for lectures, quizzes and maybe fieldtrips
Look at the GA Quality Mark criteria - it may help you create an action plan
If you a really lucky, there may be local networks you can join. LA led or Humanities Specialist schools led or even led by GASQM centre of excellence ... where are you located?

General Discussion / Re: Happy holidays everyone
« on: July 20, 2014, 11:30:52 PM »
Thanks Stuart!
Where is everyone off to then?

I have just returned from Lancashire coast ./.. failed to find red squirrels in Formby but liked the Anthony Gormley Another Place at Crosby.
Going to Beijing and NE China with GA soon!

General Discussion / Re: Iceland fieldwork
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:50:24 PM »
Thank you Kate for the feedback.

Welcome to the forum, by the way!

General Discussion / Re: Kite diagrams
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:24:46 PM »
Great ... thank you for sharing! Very interesting!

Welcome back, by the way!

General Discussion / Re: Travel photos of children at play
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:17:21 PM »
What a fabulous find .... great photos, lovely kids showing that "kids will be kids" wherever they are!
Thank you Adrian!

General Discussion / Re: Student voice
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:56:39 PM »
You have mail!

General Discussion / Re: Population Living Graph
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:48:00 PM »
Hi Kim
Is there anything here which might help or spark an idea?

General Discussion / Re: SAGT conference Oct 25th Perth
« on: June 29, 2014, 01:20:47 PM »
This is always a great event and would kick-start your half term really well!

General Discussion / Re: ks3 levels
« on: June 28, 2014, 11:02:22 AM »
DFE Assessment and Accountability project ...

9  schools, which are in London, Hampshire, Yorkshire, Sussex, Devon and Oxfordshire,  will receive up to £10,000 of funding from the Department for Education to turn their assessment models into free, easy-to-use packages for other schools to use.

There is a brief description of each of the schools’ approach here:

General Discussion / Re: ks3 levels
« on: June 28, 2014, 10:56:48 AM »
Please find below something from NAHT in February ...

While we are still waiting for the DfE’s Primary Assessment and Accountability consultation report, the NAHT “Assessment without levels” commission report will be published after the official launch today
This independent commission was set up after the government announced last year that it was scrapping the use of levels to assess pupil progress, to examine concern within the profession about how consistency and measurement could be applied if schools adopted different systems.

As this has been a recurring theme just about everywhere I have worked in the past year here is a quick  summary of what you can expect.

The remit of the commission was to:
•   establish an agreed set of principles for good assessment;
•   find examples of current best practice that met these principles; and
•   secure the confidence in these principles from those who hold schools to account.
The commission has made 21 recommendations. These include:
•?     children being judged against objective criteria, rather than being ranked against each other.
•?     pupil achievement to be described, rather than given a number
•?     calling for a system-wide review of assessment covering ages two to 19.
•?     a checklist to allow people to create assessment systems and to judge other systems.

The report will be published at later today

More from Russell Hobby on this in TES:
“The idea of 20,000 different models of assessment is not a good one,” he said. “We want schools to use broadly similar systems. Although levels weren’t brilliant, complete fragmentation is not good either.”
“There will be hundreds of people going into schools with bright ideas for assessment – but they won’t always be good ideas. This will give heads a way of quality assuring those systems.”
And if this news still leaves you wondering how assessment systems can work without levels, why not follow the constructive and informative debate on Twitter @Beyondlevels

General Discussion / Re: Department SEF
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:09:04 PM »
You have mail of one we used with departments many years ago

GA Information and Communication Special Interest Group
The GA ICT SIG is interested in hearing from any GA member who wishes to join this group especially from the Primary or Early Years phases or with special interest in GIS. The group meets three times a year in London.
It aims to: To investigate new technologies and resources and their potential for teaching and learning geography on behalf of the GA. , to provide information and advice about teaching and learning with ICT to members of the GA in journals, booklets, the GA website, through presentations, conferences, workshops and correspondence, to encourage the effective use of ICT, disseminate good practice and encourage the development of improved approaches to the use of ICT in geography classrooms, to promote and initiate projects which involve the effective use of ICT to enhance the learning of geography and to  contribute to the realisation of the GA strategic plan.
More information about the group may be found on the GA web site .
Applications of interest should be made with an outline of expertise in the first instance by e-mail to:

General Discussion / GLP competition for Y6 - Y11
« on: May 28, 2014, 12:20:16 PM »
Give your Year 6 to Year 11 students the chance to have their say on important global issues ...... enter them into the Shape the Future 2014 competition.
This year, Shape the Future will be focused on how we can create a safer and more equitable world for girls and women… A unique opportunity for UK pupils to think about how girls everywhere can be given a voice, choice and control over their lives.
Full details on ...

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