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General Discussion / Re: Census quiz thing
« on: July 23, 2014, 05:54:10 AM »
Saw this on Alan P's blog, was going to post a link here - I think it's a really good tool - what I wrote on Alan's blog:
That's brill, thanks Alan - been looking for a long time for an accessible way into looking at census data that doesn't take ages but actually says something of worth... Useful for AQA AS Population - and I see the draft A-level stuff has something about comparing the local to the regional to the national to the global (little bit like the OCR A 'My Place' thing) - this will be great for that too.
I got 69% on my local area - but it's very harsh if you mess up on just one question! - for me it was the owner-occupied one... which I put at about 80% but was 22%!!... which was interesting to reflect on - I'm assuming that more people than I thought live in rented cottages on country estates - as we do! - but even that doesn't really explain it... I'm wondering if maybe there's a bit of a glitch and when it says "number of households" it counts care homes etc (which we have a few of) as more than one "household"... I can imagine some good discussions like this coming up when I do this with relevant classes next year.

Thanks Gazz - enjoyed teaching re Detroit until Edexcel B Spec changed and no longer relevant - hopefully will be relevant again come GCSE changes...

If anyone teaches Detroit I have a few good things I can share, including

General Discussion / Amazon "real" case study
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:40:32 PM »
Came across this, three guys going up remote tributary of the Amazon, doing crowd-funding, I've pledged £10 and means I'll get the HD film they are making... see - but you can pledge any amount - they still need a fair bit and have only 10 days to go...

General Discussion / Re: Mr Poo
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:05:48 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Mr Poo
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:08:45 AM »
oops, sorry: (1) no link (2) looked for but didn't see previous post on the topic.

General Discussion / Re: Locational game
« on: April 27, 2014, 09:13:26 PM »
That's 25 minutes I didn't have... Cleveland?? Humberside?? No Rutland??

General Discussion / Mr Poo
« on: April 27, 2014, 08:55:10 PM »
 :o Thanks to Rob Chambers via twitter... this made my day (after LFC Chelsea misery), just trying to decide which classes I can get away with showing it to... The boys will ALL openly love it, the girls will love being disgusted by it, especially the squelchy bit [sorry, forgive the sexual stereotypes] - but the parents...??? Might have to classify it a 15 and only show it to Y10 and above...
Confess to be slightly surprised about the whole thing, had an image of India which was a bit less liberal than this campaign suggests.

General Discussion / Re: GCSE geography subject content published
« on: April 20, 2014, 04:50:31 PM »
Assume at least some Specs will continue to include plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes. I'll be signing up for one that does. If iGCSE keeps tectonics as it is not tied to this, and others take it out, then iGCSE here I come! :)

"Geomorphic processes" includes these topics I guess - though perhaps not so much, with the emphasis in that section seeming to be on the UK...

The headline stuff from Gove (why do they have to include that picture of his inane smug grin on the page? - not very good p.r.) says "In geography, the balance between physical and human geography has been improved" - but I can't see that from the subject criteria - seems to me that physical geography processes and landforms etc. constitute 1/6th of the content (plus climate as another 1/6th, despite initial rumblings that it would be missed out altogether) - unless he means by "improved" that the physical content is to be reduced?

Obviously the most important aspect of all this, as others have said, is how it is interpreted by the exam boards... I'm actually of the view that schools should be free to choose different balances of physical geography at GCSE - as long as there is SOME physical geography in there - I know many schools who would prefer to restrict physical geography as much as possible as it puts their students off, etc. [and grade boundaries are generally lower on physical papers than human papers] - but there are others where the physical geography is the real draw... I know there needs to be some degree of consistency, and all geography students should have a grounding in physical processes - but as I say I'd be happy with a fair degree of variation in the amount of physical geography different Specs include.

Are you working there then? I'm interested... Could you e-mail me on so I can ask you questions, check if my career profile might be of interest to Caxton etc?? Best wishes, Kevin.

General Discussion / Re: Students Progress
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:34:25 PM »
Phil, I have a Y7/8/9 levels to GCSE grade conversion chart if you want to e-mail me at my SLN username at
Just after a bit of advice.  All students and all subjects at our school have been given 'flightpath' targets of expected progress.  Some of these for geography are based on the big 3 subjects and not on anything geography related.  Have any of you had to produce targets for students and expected progress in geography??  In my experience most of the progress levels wise takes place in year 8 and 9 and only some progress is made in year 9- all being exponential-  I've started but if you have experience can you share

I have to produce a flightpath target for students looking something like this
                    Year 7                    year 8                  year 9                    GCSE
                     5b                         6a                       7a                           A*
                     5c                         6b                        7b                          A

Excellent :-)

2nd can more interesting - but also I was mesmerised by the lava... will def use in lessons.

General Discussion / Re: Geology A-level resource
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:39:38 AM »
That's great,  t y

General Discussion / Re: New KS3 Curriculum
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:37:41 AM »
Couldn't agree more  :)
You really should not worry about this too much (I know that is hard):

Design your KS3 around a few things:

1. What geographies are important/engaging to your students?
2. What geographies best prepare them for GCSE study?
3. What do you and you colleagues think the students need to know about?

Do that, and your probably be following the NC, have engaged learners, good GCSE results happy SMT, staff and OFSTED.

Best wishes,


General Discussion / Re: Geology A-level resource
« on: January 07, 2014, 07:06:04 PM »
Have updated rock identification to include granodiorite, and added another interactive ppt covering all the igneous terms in the OCR Spec (assume similar to WJEC) - to get the interactivity / reveal the answers etc., you have to download...

General Discussion / Re: Greenland mining-a country divided.
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:47:39 AM »
Excellent for Edexcel B Extreme Cimates option - thank you  :)

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