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General Discussion / Re: The best of London ?
« Last post by GB geographer on July 28, 2014, 09:08:23 PM »
General Discussion / A question for IB people...
« Last post by pbcologne on July 28, 2014, 08:06:40 PM »
I've just been happily planning away at some of the IB material I'm teaching from August - I'm teaching the HL aspect of the course and teaching IB for the first time too (as well as being new HoD for Geog as well!).

I've seen reference in a number of places to the IB Five Focus countries - I can't find any mention of this in the IB Geography syllabus so just wondering where this came from?
General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by pbcologne on July 28, 2014, 08:05:09 PM »
Good luck! I'm in the same position. I found out just after Easter though so have had some time to do some transfer work as I'm taking over the job internally.

I found though a really useful place to start was to start again with the subject handbook. As has been said above, it was a really useful process for me to get to know the job and what I wanted out of it. I also downloaded the GA Quality Mark self assessment sheet and used it to conduct a self assessment with the then incumbent to focus priorities.
General Discussion / Tourism stats
« Last post by jazzclub on July 28, 2014, 03:05:42 PM »

I think this is a useful clip when looking at tourism

General Discussion / Re: New resources for Geography Teachers - update comment
« Last post by andy.knill on July 27, 2014, 11:00:47 PM »
Hi, new to the forum as. I change jobs in September and join The Albany School, Hornchurch, Havering, Greater London.

Some of you will know me from Twitter as @aknill and @gasigict. I sit on The Geographical Association Special Interest Group for ICT, my specialisms are : apps and online networking. The @gasigict account is aimed to widen the network of geographers sharing resource ideas based on mobile apps or web sites / web based resources. There is a linked blog that I am developing at It would be great to indeed links posted here but only if contributors consent.

Andy Knill
Promotions / Market Research
« Last post by BigSofa on July 25, 2014, 09:08:12 AM »

We are currently recruiting Heads of Geography to take part in some telephone interviews, this research will be paid. If you are interested and would like more information, please email


General Discussion / Re: periods of time in perspective
« Last post by Andoca on July 24, 2014, 09:50:59 PM »
Love this.  Thanks
General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by steve brace on July 24, 2014, 01:52:54 PM »
Hi you might also find some useful materials and advice in the following section of the RGS's website

best wishes


Steve Brace FRGS
Head of Education
General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by clynch on July 24, 2014, 11:45:21 AM »
Thank-you everyone for your advice,

really glad i registered now  :)

My school is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  I know the Geographical Association welcome students to lectures at Queens University- so i must research and see if their is a local branch!  Never through about a SWOT analysis but a great idea and a good starting point.

Hopefully you all have a lovely Summer- it looks like i will be having a working one  ;)

Many thanks again,

General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by Graham on July 24, 2014, 08:05:18 AM »

Congratulations- Good advice from all.
I would definitely say SWOT analysis, Action Plan, get to kinow your staff, listen to the students, watch curriculum changes, join professional associations and be outward looking- try to liaise with other Subject Leaders in other schools.
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