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Aims of the Learning and Leading programme

The Society’s Learning and Leading programme was set up in 2008, and over the past eight years over 400 young people and teachers have been able to take part in fieldwork and overseas travel thanks to the programme’s support.

The programme consisted of carefully managed opportunities for learning and personal development. 

Placements were available for:

  • A Level students: fully funded geography fieldwork summer schools 
  • A Level geography teachers: funded weekend fieldwork masterclasses 
  • Gap year students: bursaries and mentoring to support an overseas gap experience
  • Geography undergraduates: summer fieldwork apprenticeships

Participants’ learning experiences have been shared widely to encourage more young people to undertake fieldwork, get the best out of their gap year, and make the most of their studies.

Through the programme the Society has:

  • Used fieldwork and gap experiences to promote the learning and personal development of young people and teachers who, through challenging circumstances or lack of opportunity, had not been able to participate in such work before
  • Provided mentoring and training to help the individuals gain the most from their placements
  • Built a network of young individuals who have faced challenging circumstances or disadvantage, to support them in their future studies and careers
  • Supported schools to enthuse and motivate their geography pupils through enhancing the quality of their fieldwork programmes
  • Shared the learning, reflections and outcomes of the Learning and Leading placements so that other young people and teachers can learn from them
  • Developed the Society’s support for fieldwork and outdoor learning as part of our strategic plan

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