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Just advertised today! Closing Date- 3rd May.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join an an amazing department that is a three times recipient of the Geographical Association 'Secondary Quality Mark' Centre of Excellence.

There are six teachers in the department and Geography is a very popular option at both Key Stage 4 (GCSE) and A Level. All students follow discrete Geography at Key Stage 3 and currently there are 11 teaching sets in Key Stage 4 and over 35 students at AS/A Level. Uptake for September is strong at both Key Stages and attainment and rates of progress are excellent. In 2015 the A*-C pass rate at GCSE Geography was 90%.

The department is well-resourced and will be following the Eduquas Specification B at GCSE and AQA A Level from September 2016. The department is committed to excellent teaching and learning and wider curriculum opportunities with the subject associations, the Princes Teaching Institute and local universities. Fieldwork and outdoor learning are an important part of the curriculum and there are currently fieldwork plans in place for the forthcoming examination cycle including a residential fieldtrip to Iceland.

Have a look at the job advertisement and become part of our exciting team! 

General Discussion / Re: New A level fieldwork
« on: April 12, 2016, 08:59:53 PM »

The requirement is a minimum of two days for AS Level and four days for A Level. The Awarding Bodies will need to comply with this- when all the specifications are approved.   

We are looking at two days of differing local fieldwork at As Level to support the chosen curriculum topics- e.g., coasts, urban, rivers- haven't fully decided yet.
Am currently looking at 4 day residential for Year 13 (A Level) and will be developing the Individual Project aspect in 2017-2018- I am old enough to have taught this before!Most of our students will be A Level as the Sixth Form are opting for three A Levels.

There will be resources being developed on the GA, RGS and RSC websites.
We are also looking at two contrasting types of fieldwork for the GCSE too during this half term so that we are ready for a September start.   

General Discussion / Re: New GCSE spec 2 or 3 years course?
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:24:55 PM »
Three Year Key Stage 3 and Two Year GCSE

General Discussion / Re: Assessment objective and new 1-9 grading rubric
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:23:20 PM »

Totally agree this is a ridiculous ask at this stage.

General Discussion / Re: David Bowie inspired resources
« on: January 17, 2016, 04:48:03 PM »

These are a fantastic set of inspired resources. Geography tribute to a rock legend.

General Discussion / Re: ISI inspection
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:51:18 AM »

Safeguarding-  You are absolutely right- ensure that all staff have a copy of and have read 'Keeping Children Safe in Education', ensure that British Values is on the curriculum and through PHSE and ensure that some (all)  staff have undertaken the Prevent Agenda on-line training or equivalent. 


This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to work in a highly successful, three times awarded GA Secondary Quality Mark- Centre of Excellence. The role will be supporting the Subject Leader for Geography and would suit an aspiring Subject Leader and excellent classroom practitioner.
Closing Date: Monday 18th January (10.00am)

General Discussion / Re: Options Time letter from Nick Crane
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:36:09 PM »

Thanks Steve!

Why would the Subject Leader not look at the Specification and guidance?

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 20, 2015, 05:35:50 PM »

Indeed- me likewise- not here as often as I was.....

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
See you in Manchester


Where on earth has this suggestion come from not to teach migration into the UK because of the controversy? Totally agree with Matt's comments!" There are lots of excellent informative and valuable supportive resources.
Some good resources here on the GA website

Within the WJEC B specification Demographic Transition not needed but a good understanding of rural-urban and urban rural migration is essential.

General Discussion / Re: Geography Job in Seychelles
« on: December 14, 2015, 08:39:17 PM »

Sounds very tempting!

General Discussion / Re: Core Content overviews for new A level
« on: November 10, 2015, 08:02:54 PM »


General Discussion / Re: AS decoupling
« on: November 09, 2015, 05:35:06 AM »
Exactly as Edge has said.
Each Awarding Body is offering an AS Level Specification and an A Level Specification as part of the A Level Reforms. Geography is for first teaching in September 2016 and first A Level examination in summer 2018
Totally separate free-standing linear (end of course) qualifications whereby the AS Level examinations make no overall contribution to the A Level. Each specification has it own set of content, skills and assessment.
Therefore many colleges and schools are placing students on three full two year A Level courses.
A small number of students may well still sit an AS Level alongside their A Levels.
The AS and A Levels are designed to be co-teachable and there is much support through the Awarding Bodies, the Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society.
To see it in practice I would talk to the Science, History, Economics and other Reformed (September 2015) A Level teachers- they are underway.
With a very clear explanation the students and parents understand it and for those of us who have been around long enough we are back to the 1980's!

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