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General Discussion / Problems with the search function in Flashearth?
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:24:53 PM »
I use to be able to put in settlement names into the search on this site and it would zoom stright in with no problem. But now it doesn't seem to work apart from major capitals - anywhere else and it just says the location can't be found and to try somewhere else.
Anyone know if this is a problem or changes linked to the site, or conflicts due to changes/updates to operating systems?

General Discussion / a 'climate graphs' query
« on: March 22, 2015, 04:37:23 PM »
I would like to draw some climate graphs for different biomes, but wish to keep the vertical scales common across all graphs to enable easier comparisons.  Either two separate graphs for temperature and rainfall stacked on top each other, or the usual combined temperature and rainfall using both vertical axis on either side would be fine. 
I have excel documents that draw climate graphs automatically as data is entered, but they alter the scale each time to suit the temperature and rainfall ranges - so not very helpful for the visual comparisons. 
Has anyone come across a website or resource that will keep the axes fixed, plus go sub-zero? Any suggestions very welcome - many thanks!

General Discussion / AS and A level geography content
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:40:18 AM »
DfE published details this morning on revised content for AS/A level geography:

Nick Gibb says its been updated to reflect the approaches to geography taken by universities and geographical organisations, with a better balance between physical and human geography....

I'm hoping someone in an OCRB school can help with this.  A teacher I know urgently needs access to the 2014 OCRB fieldwork titles, but there appears to be some problem with the school accessing the OCR Interchange at the moment!   
These titles came out in June 2012, so they have been out for a year now (and the next year's titles are now out for 2015) 
I've tried looking on the OCRB ning for the 2014 titles, but with no luck.

Many thanks,

Wye Valley School are advertising for a subject leader in geography for September, with a closing date of 22nd May.  Wye Valley is a 11-18 Upper School in SW Bucks, near to Marlow and the R. Wye and R. Thames.

Details of the post and a contact are on the school website:

Job vacancies and job seekers / Flatford Mill - Head of FSC Centre
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:07:15 PM »
Not to be missed if you'd like to move into outdoor education, and with decent salary on offer too.
The job specification states a geography degree or equivalent as essential.

A non-specialist in a local special (BESD) school has asked me to help them set up a fieldwork task at short notice for fieldwork after Whitsun, based upon succession across Studland Spit.  Although it'll be straightforward to put data-collection sheets together etc, I thought I'd ask on the forum in case anyone has some already, and is happy to share?
....or more importantly, have you been recently and are there any visible markers that you use to recommend a good point to start the transect inland.  This group will need very clear results and up to six sampling points max.  It's been 10 years since I last did fieldwork at Studland, and the 'yellow pole' I used to use has probably long since gone!
Many thanks

General Discussion / Fieldwork Centres - can we pool knowledge?
« on: October 22, 2011, 11:11:23 AM »

I'd like to complile an up-to-date database of all the different fieldwork centres/bases available around the UK, and maybe further afield as well (eg. Rayburn, Discover the World, Barcelona etc). I don't think a detailed database of UK Fieldwork Centres already exists on the GA or GTT sites, unless I've overlooked them?

There are all the obvious and well-known ones such as all the FSC Centres, the Cranedale Centre etc etc, but there must be 100 or more smaller, less well-known Centres that provide a good base and/or tutors for fieldwork.

So, if you know of or have experience of a field study centre, and could you enter the name (and ideally contact e-mail / address etc), and maybe a few words about your experience there / recommendations etc, that'd be great. 



General Discussion / Random Name Generator?
« on: October 21, 2011, 02:42:01 PM »
Does anyone happen to know of a Random Name Generator that can:
a) be used off-line (or downloaded so that application works off-line)
b) accommodate 100 names, ideally 200.

This needs to work in a large space without internet access, and needs to come up with one single name at a time, out of all those entered.

Any ideas would be much appreciared....!  Thanks

Am I correct in thinking that GTP (Graduate Teacher Programme)  and RTP (Registered Teacher Programme) qualifications obtained in England are not recognised north of the border?

I'm presuming that the PGCE qualification is recognised?  ...or does it have to be a PGDE Scottish version?

Is there any equivalent scheme to GTP in Scotland, where someone with a first degree can train 'on the job' rather than take the traditional PGDE route?

Many thanks for any local intelligence on this, as I'm a bit confused on alternative routes into teaching in Scotland, what qualifications are recognised and what are not from south of the border.


General Discussion / GA conference
« on: April 12, 2011, 02:36:53 PM »
Anyone at the GA Conference in Guildford Friday/Saturday this week, or this Thursday's field trip to Docklands and Olympic 2012 sites?

Has anyone heard any news on the likely future of their local authority subject adviser/consultant team in the light of cutbacks?  
Some are morphing into a new business model, but I have also heard of wholesale culls of teams in other authorities.  
Judith, what is happening in Suffolk?  Helen, Surrey?  Emma, Hertfordshire?  Pauline, Bedfordshire?  Graham, Brighton and Hove? etc  

General Discussion / Two Smart Board queries. How do you....?
« on: October 12, 2010, 11:05:14 PM »
Could anyone please let me know:
1. How do you change the background colour to all the slides in a Notebook file in one go?  Surely there must be a quicker way that individually formating the background on each one?
2. How do you set any text written to a default font and size, so that it always comes up in eg. Arial 16, unless you go back and alter the default settings?  I can change it for individual boxes, but that gets annoying having to do that all the time!

Any guidance would be appreciated...!

Well, he's tried Academies and Free Schools, now the latest is the English Baccalaureate (for 5 GCSEs, one of which must be in a humanity subject).  The article is here, but it's the toe-curling comments underneath that are worth a read!

A few more details coming in a speech tomorrow 6th Sept, the rest in an Autumn white paper.

General Discussion / Basic diagrams on chalk and flint formation needed
« on: August 30, 2010, 06:56:47 PM »
.....back to the grindstone!   
One of the first things I need next term is a very basic sequence of diagrams showing how chalk and flint form (at KS2 or KS3 level, not A-level...!) , and/or a very basic map showing the distribution of chalk hills in England.  Have just spent an hour or so searching online, with no luck.  I don't suppose anyone knows of anything tucked away anyhere?

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