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Launched last week

The DfE have announced a review of teachers' professional development and are launching a call for evidence. You can read and take part in the consultation here

I know all the exam boards will be running courses about their specs ... but the GA are offering a unique course where ALL four exam boards will be present to outline their specs and in addition there will be workshops led by leading teachers. They run 3 times in June in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

"New GCSE geography specifications will be available for first teaching in 2016. Join the GA and the four major awarding organisations to find out about the new specifications and start to explore some of their key changes and challenges. These conferences will enable teachers to make an informed choice about the new GCSE geography specifications and take away practical teaching advice and examples of good practice."

Full details ....

General Discussion / Design a new OS map symbol competition
« on: May 14, 2015, 10:33:51 AM »
Could be engaging for some pupils

Sorry for short notice - entries in by 31st may

The GA have launched their resource pack for this year's WorldWise Week - Making an Impact
The pack contains lots of ideas for activities which you could do with your pupils during the week (or at any other time)


Do you think map reading skills are still necessary? What do your students think?

General Discussion / Geographical Association job vacancy
« on: April 16, 2015, 04:23:22 PM »

Secondary Curriculum Leader

The Geographical Association is seeking a dynamic and passionate secondary geography specialist to take a lead on our curriculum and professional development work.

You'll be an expert in geography education and have your finger on the pulse when it comes to professional development and professional networking. You'll be knowledgeable about curriculum change, effective teaching strategies and subject leadership, have recent classroom experience and a proven track record in raising achievement through educational projects and initiatives. Above all you'll share the GA's views on the importance of geography in education and have the drive and vision to support the GA’s charitable mission to ‘further geographical knowledge and understanding through education’.

The GA, which is the leading subject association for all teachers of geography, is a registered charity and an equal opportunities employer.

A job description, person specification and information about the post and the GA are available at

It would be great if an SLNer went for this opportunity!!

General Discussion / Water crisis in Las Vegas resource
« on: January 25, 2015, 10:37:24 AM »
Great new resource from GA - not sure of it has been flagged up here before or not?

Promotions / Discovering Galapagos
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:19:39 PM »
Great new resource for KS2/3 from RGS and Galapagos Conservation Trust

General Discussion / Discovering Galapagos
« on: January 18, 2015, 01:17:31 PM »
Fab new resource from RGS / Galapagos Conservation Trust - everything you need for a nit of work for KS2 / 3

General Discussion / GA's Russia Study Tour 2015
« on: December 29, 2014, 02:54:58 PM »
Registration for the Geographical Association's Russia Study Tour 2015 is now open.

Here is the link to the GA website:

Temporary and part time vacancy in Rural Enterprise Free School between Stafford and Wolverhampton.

General Discussion / Christmas cracker jokes
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:28:55 AM »
With apologies for cringeworthiness!!

What has a bed, but does not sleep; and a mouth but does not speak?   A River!

What doe you call an Eskimo cow?   An Eskimoo!

What do you call a penguin in the Sahara Desert?   Lost!


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