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General Discussion / Re: The best of London ?
« Last post by GB geographer on July 28, 2014, 09:08:23 PM »
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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?
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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.
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General Discussion / Tourism stats
« Last post by jazzclub on July 28, 2014, 03:05:42 PM »
Hi

I think this is a useful clip when looking at tourism

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-28487028

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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 http://gasigict.wordpress.com. It would be great to indeed links posted here but only if contributors consent.

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

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 clairefenton@bigsofa.co.uk

Thanks!

Claire
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General Discussion / Re: periods of time in perspective
« Last post by Andoca on July 24, 2014, 09:50:59 PM »
Love this.  Thanks
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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
http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Schools/Running+a+successful+department/Running+a+successful+department.htm

best wishes

Steve

Steve Brace FRGS
Head of Education
RGS-IBG
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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,

Carol
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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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