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General Discussion / Re: Fieldwork help!
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:07:48 AM »
We do the same spec/question on coastal recession. We visited Norfolk and looked at three sites including Happisburgh. We recorded bipolar analysis of defences, land use mapping, lsd, slump plotting, beach profiles and wave rates. We have been working on 11 or more as a destructive per minute. And we used proportional circles on aegis to display the data.
Great fish and chips, ice cream and fudge in Sheringham.

Job vacancies and job seekers / Geography Maternity Cover
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:52:11 AM »

   We have an opportunity for a Geographer to join our department at the Hayesbrook School in Tonbridge, Kent. This could be a November start or at any point after that as it is very short notice. If anyone would like any further details please email me

It is a popular subject from KS3-KS5 and we have established staff who would be very supportive. The reason for short notice I believe is that the school have been let down by an appointed party and therefore we need someone asap!



Ofsted inspections / Got the call for a mock inspection!
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:33:03 PM »

   We have just got the call for a mock inspection! I only have two lessons thankfully but am after any ideas people have because I have been thrust into panic zone at the moment!

I need to teach the Poland to UK migration case study to Year 11 as a case study and an introductory lesson on Wasteful World for Year 10! I have loads of ideas already but am open to any fantastic thoughts that people have used in recent history!



General Discussion / Hazard management SOW
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:23:52 PM »

   I am writing a SOW for year 9 students that follow a humanities pathway from next year (basically they have extra lessons in history and geography). Therefore we have room for a new scheme of work and we want something that is slightly different.

We have decided upon a disaster management SOW. I need to include a couple of lessons on natural hazards that have been managed particularly well and also particularly badly.

Any ideas on modern interesting examples?



General Discussion / Re: Academies
« on: January 23, 2011, 06:18:35 PM »
We became an academy in December as an outstanding sports college. The only thing so far has been a change of school bank account which has meant that my standing order for tea and milk needed to be changed! I'm sure more changes will gradually sweep in but nothing to report as of yet! We had a visit from the TDA last week to discuss becoming a 'teaching' academy.

General Discussion / Re: Downloading from BBC iplayer!
« on: October 05, 2010, 09:42:31 PM »
Unless you use a gadget like this which rips it for you to keep forever! Fairly decent file sizes as well.

Enjoy one and all....

General Discussion / Re: Odd things OFSTED have said to you?
« on: July 07, 2010, 09:53:27 PM »
Not actually to me but from an inspection last week in a friends school 'we can't give that lesson outstanding because five pupils were absent'.

Who are these people and what are they on!!!!!!!!

General Discussion / Competition help
« on: March 29, 2010, 09:57:52 PM »

   During the academic year we run departmental competitions that help encourage pupil engagement with our vertical tutoring system. As a Humanities department I have been 'charged' with designing our effort! Basically I want to run a photo competition that pupils have to guess the location of. If anyone has any links to photos on flickr etc.. that are interesting locations but not too difficult or too easy! I'm thinking 3 gorges dam more than the Blackpool tower! I want about ten photos that I can then design some clues to help them access extra points.

Nice bit of raising whole school awareness of 'place'

Thanks for any help,


General Discussion / Websites blocked in China
« on: March 25, 2010, 07:49:30 PM »
Interesting reading!

General Discussion / Re: Student Voice
« on: February 02, 2010, 09:15:12 PM »
Pupil lesson observations - they develop lesson observation forms of their own - we only allow observations for sections of a lesson though
Pupil surveys with pupils providing the analysis and results displayed in department
Pupils identified as 'leaders' - mostly G+T - voice opinions in department meetings

All seems to work fairly well and ideas have been used across the school now!

General Discussion / Re: Citizenship at KS4 question
« on: January 29, 2010, 08:20:44 PM »
Thanks that's as I expected!

General Discussion / Citizenship at KS4 question
« on: January 29, 2010, 08:17:13 AM »

   Like many on here I have more than one string to my bow. As well as being a head of vertical tutoring system and geography teacher I am also 2I/C in Humanities. My question has me completely stumped so if anyone can offer advice it would be much apprieciated!

Basically, the head of PE has raised the number of hours year 11 do PE as a concern. They are one short per week and as we are a sports specialist school that's a big thing. They need to find an extra hour from somewhere a week. Thankfully they have left by beloved subject Geography well alone at key stage 3 but they want to put religious education and citizenship into one fortnightly lesson at ks4. Does anyone know the statutory amount of time weekly/yearly that both subjects have to cover? They have asked our department to find out but we can't find out a specified teaching 'time'. I realise that there are statutory topics to cover but I can't find anything on time allocation. This is a typical SLT not knowing their stuff and passing it on to the middle manager!

Any advice appreicated!



General Discussion / Re: Facebook
« on: January 14, 2010, 07:53:57 PM »
We had an incident like this earlier in the year with a member of staff on an 'I hate _______' group page. The creators were excluded for e-bullying staff, letters were sent home and meetings with parents of all group members organised. I hope your school takes a hardline as well.

General Discussion / Re: What has happened to your Woolworths?
« on: December 22, 2009, 04:25:48 PM »
Down in Mid/West Kent,

Tonbridge - Generic £1 shop
Tunbridge Wells - New Topshop/Topman
Maidstone - Empty

General Discussion / China pull out in the Telegraph
« on: October 01, 2009, 09:45:41 PM »

  If anyone has access to yesterday's Telegraph there was a fantastic pullout on China. Well worth raiding the neighbours recycling for!



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