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Through the Learning and Leading programme, we offer hands-on support to teachers in the form of fieldwork masterclass weekends in locations across the UK.

Well-planned, safe, high quality fieldwork can benefit students' learning and personal development.  The Society provides teachers with advice on planning fieldwork.    

Teachers' Fieldwork Masterclass Weekends

Twice each academic year, the Learning and Leading programme offers sixteen geography teachers free places on residential weekend masterclasses. All course fees, accommodation and meals are covered by the programme. These courses are aimed at those teaching GCSE and A Level geography in maintained schools, six form colleges and academies in the UK that face challenging circumstances in their provision of geography. Each course focuses on either human or physical geography fieldwork.

What does the Masterclass involve?

As a participant on this course you will undertake field visits, gather case studies, enhance your field teaching skills, share experiences with other teachers, participate in different field techniques and approaches, develop teaching resources for A Level and GCSE and adapt them for your local area. 

See slideshows from previous masterclasses.


The dates for our 2015 Teachers' Masterclasses are as follows:

  • Physical geography course: Blencathra Field Studies Centre, Lake District, Friday 26th - Sunday 28th June 2015. There will be an optional Friday afternoon activity on this weekend and the course will be finished by lunchtime on Sunday.
  • Human geography course: RGS-IBG premises, Kensington, London: Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2015. This course will begin on Friday evening and finish at lunchtime on Sunday.

See below for the Lake District Masterclass programme. The London Masterclass programme will be available shortly.

For further information, download the guidance notes below or contact Charlie Eustace, the Learning and Leading Project Coordinator by email on: landl@rgs.org or telephone on: 0207 591 3180.

To apply for a place, complete the application form below and send it to Charlie at landl@rgs.org.

Send email to
Learning & Leading or call: +44 (0)20 7591 3180

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