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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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General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by Kate Russell on July 24, 2014, 12:37:29 AM »
Congratulations on your appointment! Welcome to this forum too - I hope you will find it really useful and supportive!
Make sure you join the GA - there is a host of materials here http://www.geography.org.uk/11-19
Join the local GA branch - for lectures, quizzes and maybe fieldtrips
Look at the GA Quality Mark criteria - it may help you create an action plan
If you a really lucky, there may be local networks you can join. LA led or Humanities Specialist schools led or even led by GASQM centre of excellence ... where are you located?


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General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by meg on July 23, 2014, 06:57:02 PM »
Congratulations from me too - well done !

I would say listen carefully to what pupils say in evaluations ( both oral and written, formal and informal ) the majority of them are  honest and insightful. ( I have always included pupils in my Professional Review and Development too ) and learn as much from them about what works and does not work as having SLT involvement.

Above all make your love of Geography shine out.   
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General Discussion / Re: Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by add on July 23, 2014, 03:21:39 PM »
Congratulations,

I think when taking over a new role in a school you need to be diagnostic maybe performing a SWOT analysis as a department.

It mind sound old fashioned but a good way to get to grips with your role and your department vision is to create/re write a department handbook. In writing it you will find out a lot about what you want and what needs to be done.

Good luck,

Adam
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General Discussion / Newly appointed Head of Geography
« Last post by clynch on July 23, 2014, 01:55:28 PM »
Hello everyone,

I have recently been appointed Head of Geography.  I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or words of advice? There will be four members within the department including myself.  However two have additional responsiblilities with higher management and the last is a non specialist teacher who will only teach a few geography lessons each week.  Many thanks  :)
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